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Die, My Love
Die, My Love | Ariana Harwicz
In a forgotten patch of French countryside, a woman is battling her demons embracing exclusion yet wanting to belong, craving freedom whilst feeling trapped, yearning for family life but at the same time wanting to burn the entire house down. Given surprising leeway by her family for her increasingly erratic behaviour, she nevertheless feels ever more stifled and repressed. Motherhood, womanhood, the banality of love, the terrors of desire, the inexplicable brutality of another person carrying your heart forever Die, My Love faces all this with a raw intensity. It s not a question of if a breaking point will be reached, but rather when and how violent a form will it take? This is a brutal, wild book it s impossible to come out from reading Ariana Harwicz unscathed. The language of Die, My Love cuts like a scalpel even as it attains a kind of cinematic splendour, evoking the likes of John Cassavetes, David Lynch, Lars von Trier and John Ford. In a text that explores the destabilising effects of passion and its absence, immersed in the psyche of a female protagonist always on the verge of madness, in the tradition of Sylvia Plath and Clarice Lispector, Harwicz moulds language, submitting it to her will in irreverent prose. Bruising and confrontational, yet anchored in an unapologetic beauty and lyricism, Die, My Love is a unique reading experience that quickly becomes addictive.
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batsy
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"Die, My Love crackles & burns with a savage, urgent beauty." Claire Louise-Bennett's blurb sums up the book for me. @vivastory mentioned that he saw this book referred to as Plath meets Lynch, which is accurate. Brutal & impressionistic, set in the French countryside, with the stark life & death urgency of a new mother falling to pieces & yearning for freedom. Wonderfully translated by Sarah Moses & Carolina Orloff: the language is a revelation.

batsy You feel like you're reading this book in a frenzy of anxiety or a feverish dissolution. The mundane realities of home life & the pressures of being a mother in the midst of the stifling sameness of the day-to-day, juxtaposed with the beauty & savagery of country life: sights, sounds, smells. The shifts in the POV of the narration require the reader's close attention, but you're rewarded for it with language that is poetic, intense, sublime. 1mo
BarbaraBB Stacked! 1mo
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thebackyardgnome Fascinating ! 1mo
CBee @batsy it sounds incredible! And a bit exhausting 😅😂 1mo
jlhammar Sounds good. I've been wanting to try another Charco Press title since reading and loving Elena Knows. 1mo
vivastory Great review! Really looking forward to reading this one. 1mo
Tamra Same publisher for Elena Knows? Must TBR! 😄 1mo
batsy @BarbaraBB @thebackyardgnome Very different in style from most types of literary fiction! 1mo
batsy @CBee Yes, it would be if it was longer 😁 Luckily it was well-structured and short; a novella. 1mo
batsy @jlhammar @Tamra Yes! They seem to have some really unique titles out. I know I have few more Charco books on my TBR. 1mo
batsy @vivastory I hope it'll be a pick for you, too! 1mo
youneverarrived Ohh this sounds good! Great review 🤍 1mo
BarbaraBB I am craving something different! 1mo
batsy @youneverarrived Thank you! 💜 1mo
batsy @BarbaraBB When I went to shelve my copy upstairs, I came down to rummage in the other shelf and found the book there. I was like... Wait...?! So turns out I accidentally bought two copies 😂 I'll throw in the extra copy when I send Seventeen (hopefully by this week or next!) 1mo
BarbaraBB Really??? Wow… you made my day! Thank you so much 😊 ❤️ 1mo
batsy @BarbaraBB Yes! It's a pleasure to send it to someone who really wants to read it 🙂 1mo
Centique Another legendary review! You‘ve brought back a strong sense of Plath to me now with that description. (edited) 1mo
batsy @Centique Yes, there are Plathian undertones but she creates her own new style. A bit of Schweblin thrown in. 1mo
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batsy
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This is the book I've gone with for this month's #TBRtarot @CBee

It's excellent so far, unlike anything I've read recently, but also bleak. I read a bit before bed and had a long, anxiety-inducing dream about wondering through a strange, intensely sunny city all alone, with not a single other person around, not even any animals, just buildings under the glare of the sun.

So, yeah. Looking forward to be totally wrecked by the end of this 👍🏾

CBee Oh wow. Sounds…..heavy 😥 1mo
batsy @CBee Yes! It's a slim book but it packs a punch. 1mo
vivastory This has been ony TBR. I'm really looking forward to reading it. I think I read somewhere a comparison of Lynch meets Plath. 1mo
batsy @vivastory I think the Lynch meets Plath comparison is spot, but perhaps Harwicz is more savage, brutal (pretty fitting with the book set in the French countryside). 1mo
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vivastory
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📚 I'm between books at the moment. Between a brilliant discussion with #NYRBBookClub & going to the theater for the remastered Godfather, I haven't had time to read yet today.
📚Magda Szabós Katalin Street. A powerful & layered work of characters who are haunted by their histories.
📚The tagged book. Described as a cross between David Lynch, Plath & Cassavetes. Sounds incredible!
@rachelsbrittain #weekendreads

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Billypar
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This is a dark book: the style and themes reminded me of The Bell Jar a little. Both take place deep in the heads of characters dealing with something between mental illness and existential world weariness. Harwicz's protagonist feels trapped in the lifestyle of a mother and partner, and her bouts of depression and anger felt like authentic expressions of her personality. At times it reminded me of a real person's diary rather than a novel.

batsy Nice review! I have this but have yet to read it; it sounds like my kind of (grim) thing, for sure 🙂 2y
Billypar @batsy Thanks! Yeah, even though this isn't for everyone, I think its audience knows who they are. 2y
Billypar @batsy Speaking of grim books on our shelves, I was considering picking up The Changeling sometime soon, maybe around Christmas or January. I know you tend to have a pretty intense buddy read schedule, but let me know if you're interested. 2y
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batsy I'd love to! January might be good, if that's ok? 2y
Billypar @batsy Okay, great! That will be a fun way to kick off the new year. When it gets closer I'll send out a reading schedule. 2y
batsy Nice! Thank you! 2y
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Bertha_Mason
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"What does it mean for a man to die? What became, what didn‘t become, of his life? It‘s six in the morning, dear. Let it go. Then we stopped answering her questions. There was simply no point."

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Bertha_Mason
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"Melisa is thirty but looks more like fifty. She has a thin mouth closed tight like a slit, and long ginger locks stuck together in clumps that expose the skin of her skull and make her look like a creepy doll." ?

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Bertha_Mason
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"Something I always used to hate about living in the countryside, and that I now relish, is that you spend all your time killing things."

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Bertha_Mason
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"She lived in her body as though it were an infested house, as if she had to tiptoe through it trying not to touch the floor."
Mood.

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Bertha_Mason
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"She tells the family that her husband squeezed her hand tight just before he died, but that the doctor said it had only been a reflex reaction. It was then that I felt close to her for the first time."

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Bertha_Mason
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"I lay back in the grass among fallen trees and the sun on my palm felt like a knife I could use to bleed myself dry with one swift cut to the jugular."
Today in notable first sentences.

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mreads
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One of the most intense books I've ever read, almost claustrophobic. Told from the perspective of a woman suffering with at minimum postpartum depression and possibly into full blown psychosis. Not much of a plot here, more of a stream of consciousness from the most unreliable narrator making it difficult to know what is really happening or what she is imagining.

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mreads
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Whoa that's a heck of a first line.

gradcat No kidding! (edited) 4y
Velvetfur Ooohhh powerful.... 4y
CouronneDhiver Wow 😍 4y
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RedbagReadbooks
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4.5/5👊🏻. Postpartum depression often hits when you think that you are just fine. This was oozing with striking prose and deep emotion.

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parasolofdoom
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Maaaaan. So this was a bit confusing at times, always dismally poetic, and absolutely nailed the unreliable inner voice of postpartum depression and rage. A completely raw and visceral look at domesticity.

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parasolofdoom
Die, My Love | Ariana Harwicz

Here's the thing. I hate seeing the word 'visceral' tossed around so much in reviews. It's literally the only context I ever see it in and generally makes me roll my eyes or at least purse my lips in a very Lucille Bluth sort of way. And yet here we are. There's no better way to describe how I'm reacting to this story than *visceral*. My apologies to all the reviews I've scorned before. It's hitting me like nothing else I've read since motherhood.

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parasolofdoom
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I became interested in this title when I saw it on the Booker longlist, first I had heard of it, and just discovered that it's on #kindleunlimited. I'm already glad I found it, it's looking to be an amazingly dark tale new motherhood and domesticity. I'll post a ss of the first paragraph in another post.

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Emilymdxn
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Belated April roundup! Not as good a reading month for me as last month as I‘ve been very busy at work and some of these books were long old monsters 😞 best of this month was a tie between Educated and A Brief History of Seven Killings

wanderinglynn That looks like a fantastic month to me! Congrats! 🎉👏🏻🙌🏻 5y
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ReadingEnvy
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I couldn't stop thinking about this book and its dark, suffocating feeling it imparts about this woman's experience in motherhood ... If you liked Fever Dream you will like this!

ephemeralwaltz Sounds great - stacked and added on GR :) 5y
ReadingEnvy It's dark dark dark 5y
batsy Oh yes. Love Fever Dream and love dark, dark, dark 🖤 5y
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readordierachel Is it as disorienting as Fever Dream? 5y
BarbaraBB Wanted to stack but already had! 5y
Simona I was very, very disappointed and sad, because it was not listed on the shortlist ... 5y
ReadingEnvy @ReadOrDieRachel I think you have a better sense of what is happening because you are in her head, but there are some things I wasn't sure if they were happening or if she was fantasizing 5y
ReadingEnvy @Simona I was surprised it wasn't especially since the shortlist is so eurocentric 5y
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Simona
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The story that puts the depression on the forefront - a woman who is trapped between motherhood, the role of a wife and her own femininity, is built of short chapters - images that perfectly presented her fast, chaotic flow of thoughts. Excellent prose, interesting structure and unique presentation of a claustrophobic feeling when an individual is a prisoner of his own life. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Suet624 Intriguing review. Stacked. 5y
batsy Very interesting review! When I wanted to buy it from Book Depository they had run out of stock :( Need to check again. 5y
Simona @batsy I ordered it the same day when the longlist was announced ... and when ebook from the longlist is not available, the print version on BD is (usually) sold out. I will send you my copy 😘 5y
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Simona @Suet624 It‘s heavy, atmospheric book, and at the same time cold and warm and filled with pain, but so beautiful... 5y
Simona @Suet624 @batsy Text in the picture is first page, and IMO, extremely expressive and strong begging to tell the story... (edited) 5y
batsy Thank you for the offer Simona, you are very kind! But I checked and it seems to be back in stock 💜 5y
Simona @batsy 👍Happy reading 😘 5y
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Simona
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2 hours for the first day, but I'm counting on the weekend 😁

#25inFive

Andrew65 It‘s a good start with the weekend ahead. 😊 5y
Simona @andrew65 ... and on Monday I have a day off 😁 5y
Andrew65 @Simona Even better! 5y
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Emilymdxn
Die, My Love | Ariana Harwicz
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Mehso-so

I have no idea how to rate this book. The writing and translation was beautiful, the word choice and imagery was so well done, but it was so dark and depressing with so little respite or joy that I just spent most of it wishing I wasn‘t reading it. That‘s probably partly my own shit getting in the way, I have mental health problems and hate imagining them ruining a relationship or having these effects. Just a very difficult read. #litworld2018gb

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Emilymdxn
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Happy Easter weekend everybody! I hope everyone who celebrates Easter is enjoying it and everyone who doesn‘t is enjoying the random bank holiday.

This book is dark and intense and not very Easter-y tbh, it reminds me a lot of Sylvia Plath. I‘m glad it‘s short because even tho it‘s well written I definitely couldn‘t do this for long

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Emilymdxn
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#litworld2018gb #manbooker #manbooker2018 #manbookerinternational2018

I‘ve never read a book from Argentina before! I downloaded this the day the Man Booker International Longlist was announced - I love their picks and I‘m excited for the countries they‘re taking me to this year.

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Picaveli
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Loving this

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batsy
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The books I'm most interested in reading from the Man Booker International longlist. Should be totally doable 🤣 #MightBeLuckyToReadOne

#MBI2018

Centique Oh man that‘s a lot! I‘m still reading books from 2002 or so, so let me know how 2018 goes! 😊✌️ 5y
batsy @Centique Hahaha! Just planning my 2018 reads for 2028 😂 5y
sisilia Go Went Gone sounds promising 5y
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batsy @sisilia Yes! Interesting premise and I've been meaning to read her earlier books. 5y
BiblioLitten Frankenstein in Baghdad for me! 5y
Simona I liked Vegetarian, but from this year‘s list I‘m least interesting in White Book ... 5y
batsy @BiblioLitten I'm excited about that one! 5y
batsy @Simona I was also on the fence, but was persuaded by a review by Deborah Levy in the Guardian 🙂 5y
BarbaraBB Good to know that you made a selection I can follow :) I have heard good things about the Binet! 5y
Bertha_Mason I'm really excited for Frankenstein in Baghdad myself. ☺ 5y
Simona Indeed, very praising review ... I‘m definitely going to read this one as Levy put it - ‘secular prayer book‘. Thanks for mentioning this review 🙏 5y
batsy @BarbaraBB 😆 I guarantee that you will be the one to read all of these and I will be following your reviews to see which ones I can read next year 😂 5y
batsy @Bertha_Mason It sounds very promising; I have high hopes :) 5y
batsy @Simona You're welcome! It's such a lovely review, it made me want to read it. 5y
BarbaraBB Oh no, I can‘t manage more books on my TBR 😀 5y
AnneCecilie I find "Go, Went, Gone" and "Vernon Subutex" really interesting. Probably won't get to them until this summer. I read Jenny Erpenbeck's "End of Days" just last month and really loved it. 5y
LeahBergen My brain instantly went to Crime and Punishment when it registered the axe in this photo. 😂😂 I‘m Dostoevsky-ed! 5y
Moray_Reads @LeahBergen me too! I thought the White Book was beautifully intricate but I haven't read any of the others! 5y
batsy @AnneCecilie That's good to know about Erpenbeck :) Despentes has become a kind of auto-buy author for me. 5y
batsy @LeahBergen Me too! There's another cover for this book but I went with axe because Dostoyevsky-ed 😂 5y
batsy @Moray_Reads Glad to know that you read White Book and liked it! It's an intriguing concept. 5y
Faibka @batsy @Simona @Moray_Reads that‘s why I love Litsy, now I‘m very intrigued about this book and adding it to tbr. I‘m also reading Levy‘s review, thank you so much! 5y
batsy @Faibka My pleasure! The joy of Litsy, being exposed to so many books 🤩 5y
ValerieAndBooks I‘m with @LeahBergen about the upper left book — immediately thought of Crime and Punishment 😆!! 5y
saresmoore I missed this post AND the MB Int‘l Longlist! I want to read all of these very much. 5y
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"There are writers whose work suggests that human consciousness beyond their own can be accessed, and through that the categorical unknowableness of others‘ lived experience might be revealed." #freeyourmind

The Republic of Consciousness shortlist was announced on Feb 19th. It's a prize for small UK presses, that both fascinates & bugs me. The blurb above is from their mission statement.

And here's the shortlist from Culture Trip ?

rockpools (because at least they've put links in!):
https://theculturetrip.com/europe/united-kingdom/articles/shortlist-announced-fo...

Thank you @batsy & @Cinfhen for a fabulous #fiercefeb. You've kept me on my toes this month!
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batsy I just heard about this, the titles sound intriguing! A bunch have been added to my TBR. Is there something in particular that bugs you about the prize? (And thank you so much for joining in, loved seeing your posts 👏🏽💜) 5y
rockpools @batsy I think I'd really like to read the shortlist for this one. It's not the prize so much as the marketing- their website is worse than mine (not a compliment!) and just has a list of the shortlist - no links, no blurbs, no link to the longlist... I found a TLS article of the longlist but not the shortlist... You have to work quite hard to find out what they're celebrating! 5y
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batsy Yeah, I understand! The website has a very early-2000s blog feel about it 😐 I was also trying to find more information; was wondering if there even was a longlist! The books seem fascinating; I think people would love to read the shortlist ahead of the prize, but there's only about a month I think. 5y
Mitch I agree @RachelO it‘s not the best. The books look great though. I‘ve had WeThatAreYoung on my shelf for a while now - perhaps it‘s time ..... 5y
rockpools @Mitch I stacked that the other day - it does look great! As it's small presses, I think I want a full-on song and dance making for them. I'll just have to get on and read them instead 😉@batsy And definitely! (Though I have never yet managed to read in advance if Any prize Ever!) 5y
rockpools @batsy (My tag didn't tag!) 5y
Cinfhen Well played 💕and thanks for making Feb extra fierce 😍 5y
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