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Berg | Ann Quin
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"A man called Berg, who changed his name to Greb, came to a seaside town intending to kill his father...." So begins Ann Quin's first novel, which has been compared to the fiction of Samuel Beckett and Nathalie Sarraute. Against the backdrop of this gritty seaside town, an absurd and brutal plot develops involving three characters--Alistair Berg, his father, and their mutual mistress. In his attempt to kill his father, Berg mutilates a ventriloquist's dummy, almost falls victim to his father's mistaken sexual advances, and is relentlessly taunted by a group of tramps. Disturbing and at times startlingly comic, "Berg" chronicles the interrelations among these three characters as they circle one another in an escalating spiral of violence. A member of a group of British avant-garde writers that included B. S. Johnson and Eva Figes, Ann Quin is one of the best kept secrets of British contemporary experimental writing. She published four novels before her death at the age of 37.
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Anna40
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Bailedbailed

I bailed, not because this is a horrible book - the writing is exceptional, poetic, provocative - but it's not for me.

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andrew61
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" A man called Berg, who changed his name to Greb, came to a seaside town intending to kill his father..." are the starting words of a unique book from a female writer at the head of the 1960's avant garde movement. I love gritty 60's fiction of silitoe, Waterhouse et al but this adds an absurdism+ magic to a sinister tale set in a down at heel bed sit, add in a ventriloquist dummy, murdered cat, and scarred tramps - not for all but i loved it.

batsy Fantastic review, and so intriguing! 4mo
andrew61 @batsy hi batsy, id never heard about her until i listened to an episode of a podcast called 'literary friction ' (you might enjoy it) and then went to see a talk about the 1960's avant garde movement. Certainly unusual and an interesting piece of literary landscape, and again one of those authors whose life seems as interesting as her work ☺ 4mo
batsy Thank you, that podcast does sound good! I'd heard Quin mentioned before by the writer Joanna Walsh on Twitter and had filed her in my mind for future investigation. Your review is definitely enticing 😁 4mo
Anna40 Stumbled across this book at the library. Had never heard about Ann Quinn before 3mo
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andrew61
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Ann Quin is a writer i hadn't heard of before . Living in a bed sit in 1960's Brighton she created a small body of work, wonderfully crafted word play set in an entirely English setting, here that classic down at heel British sea side town. All smoke stained curtains and bedspreads. She committed suicide by swimming out into the Brighton sea- i am totally hooked by her prose and plan to read more. Just thought I'd give an example.

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andrew61
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Friday and tonight i went a really interesting event at manchester's Anthony burgess centre on Ann Quin and the avant guarde - the love of the subject was so enthusiastically expressed by the speakers and i can't wait to delve into the book. Had loads of questions i wanted to ask but it's so nice to see such joy of writing.
Ill now try and catch up on a few reviews of books read over the weekend.

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shawnmooney
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Here is Deborah Levy, whose 'Hot Milk' is currently mesmerizing the heck out of me, with a tribute to novelist Ann Quin, who I've never heard of. But if Levy appreciates her, I probably will too!

http://www.musicandliterature.org/features/2016/9/15/ann-quin-and-me