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Die My Love

Die My Love


Die My Love

ratings:
4/5 (6 ratings)
Length:
131 pages
2 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Sep 4, 2017
ISBN:
9781999722791
Format:
Book

Description

Man Booker International Prize 2018 (Longlisted)

In a forgotten patch of French countryside, a woman is battling her demons: embracing exclusion yet wanting to belong, craving freedom whilst feeling trapped, yearning for family life but wanting to burn the entire house down. Given surprising leeway by her family for her increasingly erratic behaviour, she nevertheless feels ever more stifled and repressed. Motherhood, womanhood, the banality of love, the terrors of desire, the brutality of ‘another person carrying your heart forever’: Die, My Love faces all this with a raw intensity. It’s not a question of if a breaking point will be reached, but rather when, and how violent a form will it take?

It’s impossible to come out unscathed from reading Ariana Harwicz. The language of Die, My Love cuts like a scalpel even as it attains a kind of cinematic splendour, evoking the likes of John Cassavetes, David Lynch and John Ford. In a text that explores the destabilising effects of passion and its absence, immersed in the psyche of a female protagonist always on the verge of madness (in the tradition of Sylvia Plath and Clarice Lispector), Harwicz moulds language, submitting it to her will in irreverent prose. Bruising and confrontational, yet anchored in an unapologetic beauty and lyricism, Die, My Love is a unique reading experience that quickly becomes addictive.

Publisher:
Released:
Sep 4, 2017
ISBN:
9781999722791
Format:
Book

About the author

Compared to Nathalie Sarraute and Virginia Woolf, Ariana Harwicz is one of the most radical figures in contemporary Argentinian literature. Her prose is characterised by its violence, eroticism, irony and criticism of the clichés surrounding the notions of the family and conventional relationships. Born in Buenos Aires in 1977, Harwicz studied screenwriting and drama in Argentina, and earned a degree in Performing Arts from the University of Paris VII as well as a Master’s in comparative literature from the Sorbonne. She has taught screenwriting and written plays, which have been staged in Buenos Aires. Feebleminded (which has also been adapted for the stage in Argentina and Spain) is her second novel and a sequel in an ‘involuntary’ trilogy, preceded by Die, My Love (Charco Press, 2017) and followed by Precocious. Her fourth novel, Degenerate comes out in June 2019. Die, My Love was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize (2018) and shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize (2018). It has been translated into more than ten languages.



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Top quotes

  • My husband says to me: My heart almost stopped. Is that my fault? I ask. It’s a warning sign. And what do you want me to do about the warning sign? I want you to pay attention to it. Okay, okay, I say. I want to take my shoe off and throw it at him.

  • On rainy days in the city, people consume films, plays, restaurant meals. Out in the country they tell each other stories, thinking they can fight off the boredom that way. After the wedding, they were on the upper deck of a sleeper bus.

  • During those seconds, I felt comfortable with danger. A sort of erotic communion with a spade that was lying around, with a rake, with the blade of the rusty knife that hung from my husband’s gaucho trousers, swinging like a bell.

  • I want to snarl, to howl, but instead I let the mosquitoes bite me, let them savour my sweetened skin. The sun deflects the silvery reflection of the knife back to me and I’m blinded. The sky is red, violet, trembling.

  • A doctor, they shout, a doctor! The rest of us are a useless bunch. They go from house to house, coming across all sorts of people, but a doctor is hard to find. You’ve got to study to be a doctor.

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  • (4/5)
    This book is a lil bit painful to read but in the other hand feels so raw and true.