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I Am the Brother of XX

by Fleur Jaeggy (author), Gini Alhadeff (translator)

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I Am the Brother of XX by Fleur Jaeggy (author), Gini Alhadeff (translator)
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  • Published Jul 2017
    128 pages
    Genre: Short Stories

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As concentrated as bullets, new stories by the inimitable Fleur Jaeggy.

Fleur Jaeggy is often noted for her terse and telegraphic style, which somehow brews up a profound paradox that seems bent on haunting the reader: despite a sort of zero-at-the-bone baseline, her fiction is weirdly also incredibly moving. How does she do it? No one knows. But here, in her newest collection, I Am the Brother of XX, she does it again. Like a magician or a master criminal, who can say how she gets away with it, but whether the stories involve famous writers (Calvino, Ingeborg Bachmann, Joseph Brodsky) or baronesses or 13th-century visionaries or tormented siblings bred up in elite Swiss boarding schools, they somehow steal your heart. And they don't rest at that, but endlessly disturb your mind.

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"Starred Review. It is thrilling to live in Jaeggy's worlds, which are so intense they threaten to boil over, yet pull back just enough to keep their secrets." - Publishers Weekly

"In prismatic translation from the Italian, these tiny tales sparkle with wit and worldly wisdom." - Kirkus

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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.

The author of The Sun at Midday and Diary of a Djinn, Gini Alhadeff translated to great acclaim Patrizia Cavalli's My Poems Won't Change the World. .

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