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A Nail, A Rose

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A Nail, A Rose by Madeleine Bourdouxhe
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Oct 01, 2019 | ISBN 9781782275138

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“Often dream-like but centred on the daily life of women… magnificent.” - Guardian 

“Her lonely, fantasising women call up Rhys and Mansfield.” – Hermione Lee, Observer

“The stories here reveal a poetic imagination which combines the startling imagery of the surrealists with intensely female preoccupations . . . a singular, resonant voice.” – Literary Review

“These are the stories of a very gifted, very honest writer, who moves quite naturally between fidelity to fact and fidelity to the furnace beneath it, of memory and fantasy and bereavement.”  TLS

 ”Madeleine Bourdouxe is one of the more remarkable literary discoveries of the last few years.” – Jonathan Coe

“An unforgettable, thrilling achievement… What [Marie] does, no less, is stake a claim to Bourdouxhe’s rightful position alongside Proust and Virginia Woolf as an explorer of interior life.” Sunday Times

“A stunning collection… [Bourdouxhe] has the observational expertise and tightness in structure of Katherine Mansfield, a touch of Angela Carter’s wildness, and the realism in her characterisation and dialogue reminded me of Daphne Du Maurier’s later work… a moving, powerful and transformative reading experience.” — The Heroine Collective

“Exquisite, elegant, and nonsentimental… Bourdouxhe conveys the sharp, almost physical intensity of thought.”Irish Times on Marie

“the laureate of yearning… [her] greatness lies in her ability to conjure the most exquisite and heart-rending moments from the most quotidian circumstances. Everyone should read her.” — Graeme Macrae Burnet, author of His Bloody Project
“Powerful stories… what a treat for modern readers to have her work revived.” — A Life in Books blog

“The surrealist soul of these stories is played with in both tragedy and comedy, and is frightfully good at bringing colour and electricity to the flat and the ordinary.” — Books and Bao blog

“There are not many writers you can think of who have understood the patriarchal situation with such clarity and disregarded it all the same with the exact proportionate amount of dignity, nihilistic abandon and fatalism.” — Flowerville blog

“Bourdouxhe’s women have almost untold depths of feeling and trauma…But they are never bowed: they love, they mourn, they desire, they dream, they take risks. Above all, they never lose their sense of self.” — Translating Women blog

 ”I loved her writing, with its bare starkness.” — Bookword blog

“remarkable collection. Vivid… exquisite… stylish.” — Book Jotter blog

“A compact, yet challenging, piece of work… explores a variety of themes… continues to invoke debate and deliberation.” — Swirl and Thread blog

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