The Water Statues

byFleur JaeggyTranslated byGini Alhadeff

September 7, 2021|
The Water Statues by Fleur Jaeggy
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Even among Fleur Jaeggy’s singular and intricate works, The Water Statues is a shiningly peculiar book. Concerned with loneliness and wealth’s odd emotional poverty, this early novel is in part structured as a play: the dramatis personae include the various relatives, friends, and servants of a man named Beeklam, a wealthy recluse who keeps statues in his villa’s flooded basement, where memories shiver in uncertain light and the waters run off to the sea.
      Dedicated to Ingeborg Bachmann and fleshed out with Jaeggy’s austere yet voluptuous style, The Water Statues—with its band of deracinated, loosely related souls (milling about as often in the distant past as in the mansion’s garden full of intoxicated snails)—delivers like a slap an indelible picture of the swampiness of family life.
Fleur Jaeggy - a wonderful, brilliant, savage writer" (Susan Sontag) - was born in 1940 in Zurich and lives in Milan. Her work has been acclaimed as "small-scale, intense, and impeccably focused "(The New Yorker) and "addictive" (Kirkus). The author of The Sun at Midday and Diary of a Djinn,Gini Alhadeff translated to great acc...
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Title:The Water Statues
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:96 pages, 7.1 X 6 X 0.3 in
Shipping dimensions:96 pages, 7.1 X 6 X 0.3 in
Published:September 7, 2021
Publisher:New Directions Publishing
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780811229753

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