Jagannath

Jagannath

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by Karin Tidbeck
     
 

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“I have never read anything like Jagannath. Karin Tidbeck’s imagination is recognizably Nordic, but otherwise unclassifiable–quietly, intelligently, unutterably strange. And various. And ominous. And funny. And mysteriously tender. These are wonderful stories.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

“Restrained and vivid, poised and strange, Tidbeck

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“I have never read anything like Jagannath. Karin Tidbeck’s imagination is recognizably Nordic, but otherwise unclassifiable–quietly, intelligently, unutterably strange. And various. And ominous. And funny. And mysteriously tender. These are wonderful stories.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

“Restrained and vivid, poised and strange, Tidbeck, with her impossible harmonies, is a vital voice.” – China Mieville

Enter the strange and wonderful world of Swedish sensation Karin Tidbeck with this feast of darkly fantastical short stories. Whether through the falsified historical record of the uniquely weird Swedish creature known as the “Pyret” or the title story, “Jagannath,” about a biological ark in the far future, Tidbeck’s unique imagination will enthrall, amuse, and unsettle you. How else to describe a collection that includes “Cloudberry Jam,” a story that opens with the line “I made you in a tin can”?

Marvels, quirky character studies, and outright surreal monstrosities await you in the book widely praised by Michael Swanwick, Ursula K. Le Guin, China Mieville, and Karen Joy Fowler. Publishers Weekly calls it “brave…and brilliant.” Locus Magazine says this is the most significant debut since the award-winning Margo Lanagan. Introduction by Elizabeth Hand, afterword by the author.

“Tidbeck has a gift for the uncanny and the unsettling. In these wonderful, subtle stories, magic arrives quietly. It comes from the forests or the earth or was always there in your own family or maybe exists in another realm entirely…leaving you slightly dazed and more than a little enchanted.” – Karen Joy Fowler

“Were this collection to contain only its biomechanoid wonder of a title story, it would still be amazing. Jagannath heralds the arrival of a bold and brilliant new voice, which I see too few of these days. You must read Karin Tidbeck.” – Caitlin R. Kiernan

“In Karin Tidbeck’s collection Jagannath, the mundane becomes strange and the strange familiar with near-Hitchcockian subtlety. I loved Tidbeck’s clean, classic prose. It creates beautifully eerie music for a twilight domain.” – Karen Lord

“I can’t think of when I last read a collection that blew me away the way that Jagannath has, or one that’s left me somewhat at a loss to describe just how strange and beautiful and haunting these tales are.” – Elizabeth Hand (from her introduction)

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A man in a troubled romantic relationship with an airship and the horror of being suicidally depressed in the presence of a merciful and loving God are just two of the intensely memorable stories in the English-language debut of Swedish fantasist Tidbeck (Vem är Arvid Pekon?). The title story explores a society of symbiotes living inside a vast, nurturing “mother.” An ordinary family with a history of mental illness struggles with the influence of the Vittra, strange elflike beings who may be their ancestors, in “Reindeer Mountain.” A woman creates a vegetable child only to lose him to the lure of the earth in “Cloudberry Jam.” Not all of Tidbeck’s stories have that same quiet, elusive magic—“Herr Cederberg,” for example, gradually loses its way—but all are impressively brave literary experiments. By turns brilliant and indecipherably cryptic, this book will capture the imaginations of fans of experimental fantasy and science fiction and is a fine launch for Cheeky Frawg, a new press dedicated to international and translated fiction. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780985790400
Publisher:
Cheeky Frawg Books
Publication date:
06/27/2012
Pages:
142
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.33(d)

Meet the Author

Karin Tidbeck has become something of a sensation in her native country, having published a collection there in Swedish, won a prestigious literary grant and just sold her first novel to Sweden’s largest publisher. A graduate of the iconic Clarion Writer’s Workshop at the University of California, San Diego, in 2010, her publication history includes Weird Tales, Shimmer Magazine, Unstuck Annual and the anthology Odd.

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Jagannath 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
vegelise More than 1 year ago
Get this one... It's creepy, romantic, insightful... it'll leave you thinking long after you're done. I found myself stealing extra minutes on my lunch break, and getting up a little early to read it. Short enough to read it in a few days... but if you're lucky... you'll let it stretch out and let the stories REALLY sink in. They are amazing. Don't wait! Get this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These stories are good. They leave your mind swirling around them long afterward. These are not feel good fairytales with tidy endings. They are deep and I found myself rereading whole sections. I will read this book again. Karin's Bird Song, a different newer publication, makes her my shining hope for a new ground breaking storyteller. I can't wait until she writes a 500+ page novel. I am wishing for sci fi!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago