Jagannath

Jagannath

by Karin Tidbeck

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Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck

An award-winning debut story collection by Karin Tidbeck, author of Amatka and heir to Borges, Le Guin, and Lovecraft.

A child is born in a tin can. A switchboard operator finds himself in hell. Three corpulent women float somewhere beyond time. Welcome to the weird world of Karin Tidbeck, the visionary Swedish author of literary sci-fi, speculative fiction, and mind-bending fantasy who has captivated readers around the world. Originally published by the tiny press Cheeky Frawg--the passion project of Ann and Jeff VanderMeer--Jagannath has been celebrated by readers and critics alike, with rave reviews from major outlets and support from lauded peers like China Miéville and even Ursula K. Le Guin herself. These are stories in which fairies haunt quiet towns, and an immortal being discovers the nature of time--stories in which anything is possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101973974
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 410,140
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Karin Tidbeck is originally from Stockholm, Sweden. She lives and works in Malmö as a freelance writer, translator, and creative writing teacher, and writes fiction in Swedish and English. She debuted in 2010 with the Swedish short story collection Vem är Arvid Pekon? Her English debut, the 2012 collection Jagannath, was awarded the Crawford Award 2013 and shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award. She is the author of the novel Amatka.

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Jagannath 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 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!
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck is a very highly recommended collection of thirteen short stories from the Swedish author. This excellent short story collection consists of literary science fiction, speculative fiction, and fantasy. This is Tidbeck's first full length collection of stories. The quality of the writing is exceptional in this fine collection, but, as with any short story collection, readers will like and connect to some stories more than others. While Jagannath is a quick read, I predict it will captivate your attention. You may be resolved, as I am, to reread and carefully contemplate several of the stories. Beatrice: Franz Hiller fell in love with an airship while Anna Goldberg fell in love with a steam engine. The two end up sharing a warehouse. Some Letters for Ove Lindström: An estranged adult daughter writes letters to her deceased father. Miss Nyberg and I: A story of the realtionship between an artist and a small wood-like creature named Brown. Rebecka: Rebecka’s only friend, Sarah, cleans up after her many suicide attempts. Herr Cederberg: Herr Cederberg builds a machine he names "Bumblebee." Who Is Arvid Pekon?: The titular character is an operator at a governmental agency, ready to take calls, but losing himself. Brita’s Holiday Village: A woman rents a cottage on the edge of Aunt Brita’s holiday village, in the area reserved for relatives. Reindeer Mountain: Sisters and rivals, Cilla and Sara, return with their mother to their ancestral home located by the Vittra, strange elflike beings who may be their ancestors. Cloudberry Jam: A child is made/created in a tin can. Pyret: A research paper on small mysterious creatures call Pyret, Swedish for "the little tyke," who live in the countryside. Augusta Prima: Augusta is invited to play a croquet game in Mnemosyne’s court in a timeless, horrifying dream-like world. Aunts: In the same horrific world as the previous story, where "time is a weak and occasional phenomenon. Unless someone claims time to pass, it might not, or does so only partly; events curl in on themselves to form spirals and circles." Jagannath: A society of symbiotes are born and live inside their "mother." Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Penguin Random House.
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