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The Helios Disaster
Linda Bostrom Knausgaard
Translated from the Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles
The first two sentences of this book are: "I am born of a father. I split his head." That's simply perfect, but I'll add that readers and lovers of Fleur Jaeggy, Anne Carson, and Sylvia Plath will find this book to be similarly pitched: dark and sparse, quiet and brutal and glittering. -CF
This modern spin on the myth of Athena plunges us deep inside the mind of an unlikely twelve-year-old goddess confined to a small Swedish town.
Separated from her father just moments after bursting from his skull in full armor, Anna is packed off into foster care where she learns to ski, speaks in tongues, and negotiates the needs of a quirky cast of relatives. Unable to overcome her father’s absence, however, she finally succumbs to depression and is institutionalized. Anna’s rallying war cry rings out across the pages of this concise and piercing novel as a passionate appeal for belonging taken to its emotional extreme.
Paperback || 128 pages || 5.00" x 8.00" || World Editions
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