Baboon

Baboon

Book - 2014
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Beginning in the middle of crisis, then accelerating through plots that grow stranger by the page, Naja Marie Aidt's stories have a feel all their own. Though they are built around the common themes of sex, love, desire, and gender, Aidt pushes them into her own desperate, frantic realm. In one, a whore shows up unannounced at a man's apartment, roosts in his living room, and then violently threatens him when he tries to make her leave. In another, a wife takes her husband to acity where it is women, not men, who are the dominant sex--but was it all a hallucination when she finds herself tied to a board and dragged back to his car? And in the unforgettable "Blackcurrant," two young women who have turned away from men and toward lesbianism abscond to a farm, where they discover that their neighbor's son is experimenting with his own kind of sexuality. The first book from the widely lauded Aidt to reach the English language, Baboon delivers audacious writing that careens toward bizarre, yet utterly truthful, realizations.
Publisher: San Francisco :, Two Lines Press,, [2014]
ISBN: 9781931883382
1931883386
Branch Call Number: SS AIDT
Characteristics: 190 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Newman, Denise

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emilyhintzman
Feb 01, 2017

From my Goodreads review:
Imagine reading an account of someone else's nightmares: uncanny, graphic, strange. That was the impression I got from these short stories. Events that might seem ordinary but there is something off about them. Characters unsure of what they are seeing and feeling.
This wasn't what I was expecting of these stories. I do enjoy dark and unusually stories from time to time, but it really did feel like I was eavesdropping on someone else's troubling dreams as I read this. That being said, there were a few stories I really enjoyed for the content and the prose: "Conference," "The Green Darkness of the Big Trees," and most of all "Wounds." These aren't stories for everyone. But they could be for you.

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