Sweet Days Of Discipline by Fleur JaeggySweet Days Of Discipline by Fleur Jaeggy

Sweet Days Of Discipline

byFleur Jaeggy

Paperback | May 4, 1993

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Set in postwar Switzerland, Fleur Jaeggy’s eerily beautiful novel begins simply and innocently enough: "At fourteen I was a boarder in a school in the Appenzell." But there is nothing truly simple or innocent here. With the off-handed knowingness of a remorseless young Eve, the narrator describes life as a captive of the school and her designs to win the affections of the apparently perfect new girl, Fréderique. As she broods over her schemes as well as on the nature of control and madness, the novel gathers a suspended, unsettling energy. Now translated into six languages, I beati anni del castigo in its Italian original won the 1990 Premio Bagutta and the 1990 Premio Speciale Rapallo. In Tim Parks’ consummate translation (with its "spare, haunting quality of a prose poem"), Sweet Days of Discipline was selected as one of the London Times Literary Supplement’s Notable Books of 1992: "In a period when novels are generally overblown and scarcely portable, it is good to be able to recommend [one that is] miraculously short and beautifully written."
The London Times Literary Supplement named Fleur Jaeggy’s S.S. Proleterka as a Best Book of the Year; and her Sweet Days of Discipline won the Premio Bagutta as well as the Premio Speciale Rapallo.Tim Parks is the author of more than twenty novels and works of nonfiction, including the best-selling Italian Neighbors and An Italian Educ...
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Title:Sweet Days Of DisciplineFormat:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.3 inPublished:May 4, 1993Publisher:WW Norton

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0811212351

ISBN - 13:9780811212359

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Set in postwar Switzerland, Fleur Jaeggy's eerily beautiful novel begins simply and innocently enough: "At fourteen I was a boarder in a school in the Appenzell". But there is nothing truly simple or innocent here. With the off-handed knowingness of a remorseless young Eve, the narrator describes life as a captive of the school and her designs to win the affections of the apparently perfect new girl, Frederique. As she broods over her schemes as well as on the nature of control and madness, the novel gathers a suspended, unsettling energy. Now translated into six languages, I beati anni del castigo in its Italian original won the 1990 Premio Bagutta and the 1990 Premio Speciale Rapallo. In Tim Parks' consummate translation (with its "spare, haunting quality of a prose poem"), Sweet Days of Discipline was selected as one of the London Times Literary Supplement's Notable Books of 1992: "In a period when novels are generally over-blown and scarcely portable, it is good to be able to recommend (one that is) miraculously short and beautifully written".

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Tim Parks does an admirable job of keeping the ice-cold language flowing.  — Publishers WeeklyThis short work is packed with violent premonitions, sudden deaths, stabbings, hangings and the language of insanity. There are metaphors drawn from shrouds, altar cloths, coffins, corpses, funeral marches, gallows, guillotines, nooses, cults of the dead and, most affecting of all, stone tablets set in churchyard walls. We are all dying, even as children: as Rilke believed, we carry our deaths within us. Frédérique tells the narrator she has an old woman’s hands; the schoolgirls inhabit “a sort of senile childhood” and they have ‘a mortuary look.’ — Margaret Drabble (The New Statesman)Like all great books, it’s really like nothing else. It’s like itself. — Gabe HabashAn elegantly structured and stubbornly moving study of innocence destroyed and love denied. Very accomplished indeed. — Kirkus ReviewsShe has the enviable first glance for people and things, she harbors a mixture of distracted levity and authoritative wisdom. — Ingeborg Bachmann