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Incest

Incest by CHRISTINE ANGOT
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Nov 07, 2017 | 160 Pages
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2018 Prix Albertine finalist

“A sensation in France, [INCEST is a] novel in the form of a wild confession of a life filled with trauma…” — The New York Times

“[INCEST] creates a space where imagination, potential futures, and pasts mingle with experiences, where the ‘I’ slips from the author to the narrator and gets lost in the vortex of language; it is language that speaks—the writer just writes… Voices echoing from the fractures, this is Incest: a collective adventure for the one that writes and the ones that read.” — Giorgos Kassiteridis, Asymptote

“[A] brilliant portrait of a brain almost continually on fire with self-loathing… both a mesmerizing and harrowing ride… I believe Angot has done something truly spectacular here… How many of us have been lost in darkness and unable to think our way out of it? Angot’s life is lived in that state—a state of perpetual chaos and dejection. And she has used her brazen, fierce intelligence to translate this reality to the page in a way that reveals her brilliance as a writer and her sadness as a human being. Her journey is one you will never forget.” —Elaine Margolin, Truth Dig

“The exquisite frenzy of the novel is captured masterfully in Tess Lewis’ translation, which preserves not just the passion and the mania of Angot’s narrator, but her wit and her wordplay as well. Lewis has managed to get inside the narrator’s head and translate her essence and energy, as well as her words, perfectly into English.” The Arkansas International

Incest is a thrilling book. It’s a formally daring and passionate performance of the depths of human self-loathing, and the sufferings of attachment. It cut deep inside me with its truths. In every moment of reading it, I both wanted to keep reading it and wanted to write. I don’t think I will ever forget this book.” — Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be?

“A maximalist in the art of emotion, Angot unmasks with frightening precision the roiling heart and the sharp edges of lust, loathing, and scorn lodged within love’s fossil record.  This is a book that points you toward the subterranean roots of your own emotions, the intricacies and murk we cover up in the name of normal daily operations.” — Alexandra Kleeman, author of You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine

“[Incest] stylistically, is near perfection.. I would recommend this novel to anyone, especially fans of modern/contemporary literary fiction or experimental fiction.” — Matthew E. Jackson

“I feel that books like this HAVE to be written to keep the landscape of modern literature fresh, live and moving forward.” — Bookish Lara

“All said and done, Christine Angot is rock ‘n’ roll. Not what it became, but what it should never have ceased to be: raw, concise, radical, subversive…. Angot serves as a mirror, revealing to her readers all their paradoxes and contradictions.” –Françoise-Marie Santucci, Libération

“It is clear that Christine Angot has won, because we are going to be thinking for a long time about this book. Because it will need a long study written about it in order to examine all of its hypotheses, its contradictions, understand the questions it puts forward, study its passion, disgust, insanity, the dream of controlled incest, the fantasy of incest fulfilled….What’s at play in the work of Angot, in her force, her violence, is an idea of literature as a means of escaping from every collective, from all policing … to think and write in one’s singularity.” –Josyane Savigneau, Le Monde

“Auto-fiction at its extreme does not aspire here to shock but to give literature back its dangerous function and return to it its dignity.” –Gérard Meudal

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