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ISBN-10: 1931883386
ISBN-13: 9781931883382
Publisher: Two Lines Press
Publish Date: 10/14/2014
Dimensions: 7.90" L, 5.00" W, 0.70" H

Baboon

Translator: Denise Newman

Paperback

Price: $12.95

Overview

Beginning in the middle of crisis, then accelerating through plots that grow stranger by the page, Naja Marie Aidt’s stories have a feel all their own. Though they are built around the common themes of sex, love, desire, and gender, Aidt pushes them into her own desperate, frantic realm. In one, a whore shows up unannounced at a man’s apartment, roosts in his living room, and then violently threatens him when he tries to make her leave. In another, a wife takes her husband to a city where it is women, not men, who are the dominant sex–but was it all a hallucination when she finds herself tied to a board and dragged back to his car? And in the unforgettable “Blackcurrant,” two young women who have turned away from men and toward lesbianism abscond to a farm, where they discover that their neighbor’s son is experimenting with his own kind of sexuality. The first book from the widely lauded Aidt to reach the English language, Baboon delivers audacious writing that careens toward bizarre, yet utterly truthful, realizations.

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Reviews
I salute thee, Naja Marie Aidt. – Daniel Handler

An explosive collection. – Los Angeles Times

Wondrous, with vast loneliness underlying each syllable. . . . A collection whose individual pieces fascinate. – Kirkus

In Danish, the word 'baboon' is often used as an endearing reproach to children who misbehave. In Aidt's stories, however, it is the adults who are the real baboons (indeed, her characters are frequently described as resembling animals), reduced to a state of almost infantile single-mindedness and moral poverty. . . . [A] violent, beautiful, breathlessly paced collection. – Los Angels Review of Books

The strength of Aidt and her admirable translator Denise Newman . . . comes through the book's steadfast gaze into the shadows of life. . . . Undoubtedly one of the most intelligent writers of the contemporary literary world, Aidt is also clearly one of the most compassionate–and therefore one of the most important–voices in fiction. – Music & Literature

This is one of the year's strongest short story collections. – David Gutowski, Largehearted Boy

[Baboon's] universe is the same as that of Ingmar Bergman films. A harsh bleakness of people speaking pointedly to each other in moments when there should be tenderness, where violence explodes, engendered by nothing. . . . [W]e see in these temper tantrums our worst selves. – Bookslut

Aidt's stories are virulent attacks on complacency. . . . [D]iamantine tales, brilliant and unrelenting in their focus. – The Collagist

"Naja Marie Aidt's stories ask not only what could be hiding beneath the surface of our otherwise calm lives, but what has been hiding there all along. They are odd and surprising, and refreshing in that they offer no conclusions. She is the writer of dark secrets." – Sarah Gerard, author of Binary Star

[P]recise and evocative, often inspiring a strange balance between curiosity and anxiety in the reader. . . . [Aidt] inspires readers to read between the lines. – Publishers Weekly

"The emotions unleashed in this tale couldn't be contained in any nice little talk. They are painfully universal. Yet you know exactly where in the universe you are. This is the hallmark of great short stories, from Chekhov's portraits of discontented Russians to Joyce's struggling Dubliners to Jhumpa Lahiri's uprooted Bengalis." – Radhika Jones, Time magazine

Best news of the year: Naja Marie Aidt's Baboon, recognized in Scandinavia and beyond as a chiaroscuro tour de force, is finally available in English. This miraculous translation by American poet Denise Newman showcases Aidt's uncanny eye for light in all its nuances, as well as her unerring ear for the many forms of language. Newman captures the tantalizing, evocative undertones of Aidt's originals, allowing English-speaking readers to meet this award-winning Danish author at her quirky best. Susanna Nied, translator of The Alphabet by Inger Christensen

Naja Marie Aidt's recent collection of short stories Baboon is characterized by tackling somewhat uneasy issues such as adultery, divorce, violence, disease, sexuality, and physical attraction. Notice, however, that this interest in repression, pent-up feelings, affection, aggression, and fear is presented without any form of sentimentality, which makes the volume quite remarkable. . . . Add to this the unusual, laconic language and the extraordinary plots and you are faced with a universe that unmistakably is that of Naja Marie Aidt. – World Literature Today

"Overflowing with a mad passion, sudden rage, and quiet depression." – Lars Bukdahl, Weekendavisen

"Aidt's universe is unmistakable." – Søren Vinterberg, Politiken

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ISBN-10: 1931883386
ISBN-13: 9781931883382
Publisher: Two Lines Press
Publish Date: 10/14/2014
Dimensions: 7.90" L, 5.00" W, 0.70" H
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