Azorno by Inger ChristensenAzorno by Inger Christensen


byInger Christensen

Paperback | July 14, 2009

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One of the men is a writer named Sampel, the other is the main character of his novel, Azorno. All the women are pregnant by Sampel, but which of them is really the narrator? Has someone been killed? Is someone insane? Is the whole story part of Sampel’s book, or Inger Christensen’s?

Reminiscent of the works of Georges Perec and Alain Robbe-Grillet, Azorno illuminates the prevailing theme throughout Inger Christensen’s great body of poetry and fiction: the interplay of perception, language, and reality. As Anne Carson said, “Like Hesiod, Inger Christensen wants to give us an account of what is—of everything that is and how it is and what we are in the midst of.” Ending with the struggle between two merged characters, Azorno simultaneously satisfies and unsettles, leaving us with a view of reality unlike any other.
Inger Christensen (1935– 2009), whose work is a cornerstone of modern Scandinavian poetry, was the recipient of many international awards, among them the Nordic Authors’ Prize, bestowed by the Swedish Academy and known as the “Little Nobel.” Her books include the masterpiece it; alphabet; Butterfly Valley; and Light, Grass, and...
Title:AzornoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.35 inPublished:July 14, 2009Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0811216578

ISBN - 13:9780811216579


Editorial Reviews

Azorno, though not being clear in itself, clearly settled on some fascinating themes — and the obfuscation enhanced those themes (yes!). — Trevor Berrett (The Mookse and the Gripes)Her endlessly puzzling and dazzling novel…always lively. Part love story, mystery, and madhouse. Azorno is an exhilarating read. — Tim Nassau (Three Percent)[Inger Christensen was] one of our greatest celebrants of living and life. — Douglas Messerli (Rain Taxi)[A] truly unique play of twists, turns, and crisply vivid imagery…. savor it. — Christine Condon (The Literary Review)