Azorno

Overview

Set in modern Europe, Azorno is a kind of logic puzzle or house of mirrors, concerning five women and two men.
One of the men is a writer named Sampel, the other is the main character of his novel, Azorno. All the women are pregnant by Sampel, but which of them is really the narrator? Has someone been killed? Is someone insane? Is the whole story part of Sampel’s book, or Inger Christensen’s?
Reminiscent of the works of Georges Perec and Alain ...

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Overview

Set in modern Europe, Azorno is a kind of logic puzzle or house of mirrors, concerning five women and two men.
One of the men is a writer named Sampel, the other is the main character of his novel, Azorno. All the women are pregnant by Sampel, but which of them is really the narrator? Has someone been killed? Is someone insane? Is the whole story part of Sampel’s book, or Inger Christensen’s?
Reminiscent of the works of Georges Perec and Alain Robbe-Grillet, Azorno illuminates the prevailing theme throughout Inger Christensen’s great body of poetry and fiction: the interplay of perception, language, and reality. As Anne Carson said, “Like Hesiod, Inger Christensen wants to give us an account of what is—of everything that is and how it is and what we are in the midst of.” Ending with the struggle between two merged characters, Azorno simultaneously satisfies and unsettles, leaving us with a view of reality unlike any other.

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Editorial Reviews

Trevor Berrett - The Mookse and the Gripes
“Azorno, though not being clear in itself, clearly settled on some fascinating themes — and the obfuscation enhanced those themes (yes!).”
Tim Nassau - Three Percent
“Her endlessly puzzling and dazzling novel…always lively. Part love story, mystery, and madhouse. Azorno is an exhilarating read.”
Douglas Messerli - Rain Taxi
“[Inger Christensen was] one of our greatest celebrants of living and life.”
Christine Condon - The Literary Review
“[A] truly unique play of twists, turns, and crisply vivid imagery…. savor it.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811216579
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 7/29/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,447,154
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Inger Christensen (1935–
2009), whose work is a cornerstone of modern Scandinavian poetry,
was the recipient of many international awards, among them the
Nordic Authors’ Prize, bestowed by the Swedish Academy and known as the “Little Nobel.” Her books include the masterpiece it;
alphabet; Butterfly Valley; and Light, Grass, and Letter in April.

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