Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van Der Vliet OloomiCall Me Zebra by Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi

Call Me Zebra

byAzareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi

Hardcover | February 6, 2018

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From an award-winning young author, a novel following a feisty heroine's idiosyncratic quest to reclaim her past by mining the wisdom of her literary icons-even as she navigates the murkier mysteries of love. Zebra is the last in a line of anarchists, atheists, and autodidacts. When war came, her family didn't fight; they took refuge in books. Now alone and in exile, Zebra leaves New York for Barcelona, retracing the journey she and her father made from Iran to the United States years ago.Books are Zebra's only companions-until she meets Ludo. Their connection is magnetic; their time together fraught. Zebra overwhelms him with her complex literary theories, her concern with death, and her obsession with history. He thinks she's unhinged; she thinks he's pedantic. Neither are wrong; neither can let the other go. They push and pull their way across the Mediterranean, wondering with each turn if their love, or lust, can free Zebra from her past.An adventure tale, a love story, and a paean to the power of language and literature starring a heroine as quirky as Don Quixote, as introspective as Virginia Woolf, as whip-smart as Miranda July, and as spirited as Frances Ha, Call Me Zebra will establish Van der Vliet Oloomi as an author on the verge of developing a whole new literature movement" ( Bustle )."
AZAREEN VAN DER VLIET OLOOMI is the author of the novels Fra Keeler and Call Me Zebra, and an Assistant Professor in the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame. She is the winner of a 2015 Whiting Writers' Award, a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35" honoree, and the recipient of a Fulbright Fello...
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Title:Call Me ZebraFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:February 6, 2018Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0544944607

ISBN - 13:9780544944602

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Praise for Call Me Zebra Zebra is exile as education, history as passion, life as literature, and literature as death." - Tom McCarthy, author of the Man Booker Prize-finalist Satin Island and Remainder "A penniless orphaned refugee, Zebra knows she can count on two things: literature and death. She builds a fortress out of both, surviving on fury, on memories and manifestos, until life begins to break through. Can Zebra handle life? Can literature handle Zebra? Reader, go find out! Call Me Zebra is like nothing else I've read, geo-political and bookish and sexy, quite refreshingly nuts and yet a ripping good read. Also, there's a stolen bird! I'd say I couldn't put it down, but Zebra would never approve a cliche, so I'll pay it a compliment she might actually accept: this book metabolized me ." - Danielle Dutton , author of Margaret the First "There's something really radical about this epic and ecstatic quest. It's in the tradition of Cervantes' ingenious nobleman, but also deeply in conversation with Borges's Pierre Menard and Kathy Acker's own Don Quixote. The young female narrator of Call Me Zebra luxuriates in the tradition of Enrique Vila-Matas's literary sickness, or Kafka writing that he is made entirely of literature. A hilarious picaresque, perverse and voracious." - Kate Zambreno, author of Heroines and Green Girl "This novel is not about a zebra but about a whole sharp, amazing, malicious and wicked zoo. Please enjoy responsibly." - Quim Monzo, author of A Thousand Morons and supporting character in the novel Call Me Zebra Praise for Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi and Fra Keeler Winner of the Whiting Award, 2015 National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" Honoree, 2015 A Slate Overlooked Book of 2013 "[An] exciting debut? It's a stunning psychological thriller, a total identification with madness that creates drama without either belittling or romanticizing the insane? Told in tight, unencumbered prose? The canny narrator's thoughts, which reel and falter as incidents accumulate, sustain a note of drama-and blessedly, humor-that provide the novel with the manic energy and tensile strength to pull it along toward its mystifying, violent end." - Los Angeles Times "Oloomi enters so fully and sympathetically into the mad logic of her narrator that scenic detail, chronology, cause and effect, and even such mundane props as cactus, mailman, and ringing phone are bent, doubled, or subsumed by the paranoid geometries of meaning he draws? Subtly menacing, but not without humor, the novel derives momentum and tension from the space between its clear, intelligent language and the absolute unreliability of its narrator." - Slate "Surreal? The lines that separate the living and the dead are blurred, revealing that perhaps the past is more present than it seems." - Mashable "Van de Vliet Oloomi's spare, clear language sets this novel apart? Fra Keeler reminded me of Rivka Galchen's Atmospheric Disturbances, Roberto Bolano's The Third Reich, and Jean-Philippe Toussaint's Reticence, not to mention big classics like Crime and Punishment and Lolita ." - The Millions "Mysterious, experimental, and surreal; [Van der Vliet Oloomi] crafts sentences so beautifully and unexpectedly that it's no wonder she's catching people's attention? She might just be on the verge of developing a whole new literature movement." - Bustle "The book is a pleasure to read? Just as the word- and thought-play is both delightful and menacing, the narrator's logic chains are both convincing and impossible, like the patterns we all make out of everyday life." - Bookslut "A rare gem of a book that begs to be read again." - Publishers Weekly "