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Aaron Peck is the author of The Bewilderments of Bernard Willis and Letters to the Pacific.

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The Abyss Echoes Back: Judith Schalansky’s ‘An Inventory of Losses’

Book Review

January 2021

Aaron Peck

Book Review

January 2021

Early in Judith Schalansky’s An Inventory of Losses, the narrator describes the way an ancient form of writing survived oblivion. The soft clay tablets...

Book Review

May 2018

Harry Mathews’s ‘The Solitary Twin’

Aaron Peck

Book Review

May 2018

Imagine a small fishing village on the edge of the world. Its inhabitants are progressive and content. The surroundings...

Over the course of her career, Marie NDiaye has carved herself a unique position in French literature, situated somewhere between the real and the otherworldly The force of her writing stems from its apparent softness, with its slow twists and turns that draw the reader into situations that are constantly shifting: we emerge trembling, with a sensation somewhere between pleasure and terror   Born in France in 1967, NDiaye made her literary debut at seventeen when her first novel, Quant au riche avenir [As for the Rich Future], was published by Éditions de Minuit This was followed, in 1988, by Comédie classique [Classic Comedy], a novel composed of a single sentence about the trials and travails of a very Joycean protagonist Its success earned her, at twenty-one, an invitation to appear on the preeminent literary TV show of the time, Apostrophes   Before long, the story of this prodigious young woman, raised by a single mother who was a teacher, whose style resisted the constraints of genre or label, became legendary She achieved mainstream success in 2001 with Rosie Carpe, an uncanny story of displacement, shame and family betrayal which won her the Prix Femina; her 2003 play Papa doit manger [Papa Has to Eat] earned her the distinction of being the first woman since Marguerite Duras to have her work performed by the Comédie-Française during her lifetime By 2009, when she received the Prix Goncourt for Trois femmes puissantes, translated by John Fletcher as Three Strong Women, she was already the author of a complex body of work notable for its range, introspection and psychological acuity   Marie NDiaye has created a fictional universe filled with unconventional men and women thrown into an abyss of despair Through them, she interrogates the impossibility of completely belonging to a place, an origin or a family; many of her characters are severe self-critics, isolated from others and driven by an obsession with guilt and responsibility In Royan, la professeure de français [Royan, the French Teacher], her most recent play, which was due to be performed at the 2020 Avignon Festival, a character wracked by pain

Contributor

May 2017

Aaron Peck

Contributor

May 2017

Aaron Peck is the author of The Bewilderments of Bernard Willis and Letters to the Pacific.

Gloria

fiction

May 2017

Aaron Peck

fiction

May 2017

Bernard, whenever he thought of Geoffrey, would remember his gait on the afternoon of their first meeting. Geoffrey walked with the confidence of a...

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fiction

January 2016

Dimples

Eka Kurniawan

TR. Annie Tucker

fiction

January 2016

Moments ago, the woman with the lovely dimples had been shivering, utterly ravaged by the evening, but now her...

fiction

April 2014

Spins

Eley Williams

fiction

April 2014

Spider n. (Skinner thinks this word softened from spinder or spinner, from spin; Junius, with his usual felicity, dreams...

Interview

July 2015

Interview with Sarah Manguso

Catherine Carberry

Interview

July 2015

There’s a certain barometer of a writer’s achievement that urban readers know well: did this book cause me to...

 

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