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The Helios Disaster - by Linda Bostrom Knausgaard (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 128

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Format: Paperback

Publisher: World Editions

Author: Linda Bostrom Knausgaard

Language: English

Street Date: April 7, 2020
TCIN: 79625920
UPC: 9781642860689
Item Number (DPCI): 247-39-7863


"In brilliant, harrowing pages of deep interiority, Knausg�rd describes Anna's fever dream of alienation; Anna is desperate for love and confounded by it, and chronically incapable of connecting with those who might provide it. Knausg�rd's bluntly surreal style--she is also a poet-- suits Anna's vibrant, tormented imagination...Tidy endings are nowhere to be found; Knausg�rd instead gratifies by portraiture, in her thrilling conception of a young goddess on earth." --Publishers Weekly

"a moving trip to an emotional bottom...A flinty, lyrical, and storm-clouded study of loss." --Kirkus Reviews

"Knausg�rd is an impressive writer" --Publishers Weekly

"Knausg�rd's writing is crystalline and careful" --Kirkus Reviews

"Bostr�m Knausg�rd's careful exploration of mental illness is restrained and entirely unsentimental. (...) Her prose is unobtrusive in its simplicity and minimalism. The result is both powerful and lyrical." --Words Without Borders

"Linda Bostr�m Knausg�rd's The Helios Disaster vibrates with a strange, seductive intensity. A mythological origin story as well as a modern story of otherness, it portrays the push and pull of human connection--the anguish of yearning for, but also fearing, the warmth and reach of others. Knausg�rd's simple, disarming words bear complex, profound, and surprising truths."--Chia-Chia Lin, author of The Unpassing

"The emotional intensity created by Bostr�m Knausg�rd recalls Sylvia Plath, but her spare, accelerating modern myth owes something to the poet/classicist Anne Carson's novels in verse. This novella cannot be read quickly, its psychological range and febrile prose demand attentiveness. It takes skill and imagination to describe extreme emotions in ways to which everybody can relate but that's what Bostr�m Knausg�rd achieves in this short, piercing book."--The Independent

"This intriguing, lyrical novel is a powerful portrait of mental illness."--Times Literary Supplement

"The story is tightly, cleverly organized around a central idea: to show how Anna's perceptive, disturbed mind struggles to impose some kind of mental order and, finally, fails. The author's passionate involvement with her protagonist illuminates what it is like to slide irresistibly away from reality." --Swedish Book Review

"Linda Bostr�m Knausg�rd's style is magical, hallucinatory, and very poetic. Passionate, refined, and as clear as cool water." --Aftonbladet

"The strangeness, originality, and supreme gentleness of the narrator's inner world contrast sharply with the more recognizable, though not in all respects ordinary world into which she is forced. This, combined with her quiet determination to find her father and the increasingly astonishing events that occur, all add up to form a surprisingly modern portrait of longing and the possibility of homecoming." --Bookslut

"The Helios Disaster is a story about longing for a father and about prepubescence. About the will to die, refusal, and a sun shining far too brightly. But in this field of tension there is also a simple happiness. Bostr�m Knausg�rd's authorship keeps getting better and better." --Dagens Nyheter

"It is simple and it is grand, a story about a girl who came too close to the sun. The Helios Disaster shines!" --Kulturnytt i P1, Sveriges Radio (Swedish Public Radio)

"The Helios Disaster is an insightful story about mental illness and missing a father. Linda Bostr�m Knausg�rd manages to fill the rather monotonous hospital existence with a tension so powerful and poetic that one is actually quite taken by it and reads it without missing a single detail." --Kulturnyheterna SVT

"The Helios Disaster is a dense, tender, painful novel written in a prose which, always poetic, touches, shakes, and makes a mess." --Helsingborgs Dagblad

"Chosen for the unsentimental language of her portrayal of human existence on the border between a world distorted by psychosis and reality's structured existence. Her stories are written according to the logic of myths, never asking why, but allowing an understanding of ourselves that is difficult to be determined in the dominant categories."--Jury, Mare Kandre Prize

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