I Am the Brother of XX

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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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4.9 X 6.9 X 0.4 inches | 0.25 pounds

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About the Author

Fleur Jaeggy-- "a wonderful, brilliant, savage writer" (Susan Sontag) --was born in 1940 in Zurich and lives in Milan. Her work has been acclaimed as "small-scale, intense, and impeccably focused "(The New Yorker) and "addictive" (Kirkus).
Gini Alhadeff won the 2018 Florio Prize for her translation of Fleur Jaeggy's I am the Brother of XX.


A wonderful, brilliant, savage writer.--Susan Sontag
Nothing rivals its intensity.--The Los Angeles Review of Books
Startling and original--so disturbing and so haunting.--Cathleen Schine
Fleur Jaeggy's pen is an engraver's needle depicting roots, twigs, and branches of the tree of madness--extraordinary.--Joseph Brodsky
This book is twisted and hypnotizing and, somehow, downright lovely. Reading it is not unlike diving naked and headlong into a bramble of black rosebushes, so intrigued you are by their beauty: it's a swift, prickly undertaking, and you emerge the other end bloodied all over.--Daniel Johnson
Finely distilled and evocative stories.
Jaeggy's astute compression of narrative detail is at once serene and startling. Beneath a placid, opalescent surface lurks a threat or violence that may or may not be realized, but which contributes to the profound impression that people and their lives are unpredictable, coursing with icy, barren wildness.
Stark, surprising prose. It's hard to capture in a line or two the strange precision of Jaeggy's prose. Darkness seems never far away.-- (11/03/2017)
Jaeggy seems to have crushed a glass in her palm and tweezed out a few shards for the page. Her prose is indeed extraordinary...it is also frightening.-- (11/08/2017)
Jaeggy's prose gleams like cut gems.--Tess Lewis (12/06/2018)
Swiss-Italian Jaeggy, a master of the short form, again creates something unforgettable with these otherworldly stories, translated by Gini Alhadeff. They frame haunting, dreamlike moments: a 13th-century woman senses the taste of "Christ's foreskin ... tender as egg skin and very sweet"; an orphan burns alive the aristocrat who took her in "for the blasted glory of it"; a family is cursed by a possessed mandrake root. Told in Jaeggy's characteristically jagged prose, these dark stories of madness, loss and murder are urgent and evocative. Central to each are surreal images reminiscent of paintings by Leonora Carrington or Max Ernst: "her hands, like the claws of a crustacean, clutched at a little mound of dust". This is an intensely beautiful and original collection that bristles with a strange and often disturbing magic.--Claire Kohda Hazelton"I Am the Brother of XX by Fleur Jaeggy review - otherworldly short stories" (07/15/2017)