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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. In Baboon Naja Marie Aidt s stories are built around the familiar themes of sex love and desire yet there is nothing familiar about them The reader is dropped in the middle of each story the first story of the collection starts with Suddenly without much information about the characters The pacing is breathless short sentence follows short sentence at a frantic speed Written in a minimalist concise style brought to us in English through Denise Newman s beautiful translation the prose is striking through its clarity word choice and rhythm Aidt pushes her characters into a realm half way between hyper realism and her own version of surrealism The unorthodox sexuality of some of the characters is part of the economy and the strangeness of the overall narratives In one story a man who is very much in love with his wife meets another man and then something happened The pace of the story changes the reader is sure that the couple will split but at the end this expectation is thwarted In another story a couple goes to a city where women are in control but everything seems to be happening in a dream Other stories like Candy in which a couple goes shopping hide something uncanny under a mundane appearance This uncanny character the ambiguity of the settings and the author s voice give Baboon its originality

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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 a city 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. After reading reviews of this in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Review of Books I didn t think I would enjoy it very much From the descriptions of the plots of various stories a woman who abuses her todder a man who picks a perilous hike when his son s just been injured to tell his wife that he s fucking her sister it sounded too unredemptively brutal for my taste Plus at least one review noted how little information it gave about the characters and I didn t think I liked minimalism I had to read Raymond Carver stories in one of my college classes and I didn t really get what the big deal was My problem with a lot of contemporarypostmodern stuff I guess I m a philistineAnd although I maybe wouldn t go so far as to say I get these stories I can confidently say that this woman is a genius I feel so so lucky that this collection came out in such a beautiful English translation and that I got my hands on an ARC I was utterly spellbound from the first confusing ruthless story The prose is just magnificent beyond description It s spare yet somehow lush at the same time The reader is dropped in the middle of each story no real background no information and the pace is almost too breathless abrupt It shouldn t work it s like what a very inexperienced bad writer might do I guess the effect is created by sentence after sentence with no real connection sometimes switching gears without a paragraph break where you might expect one such as when there s a new speaker in dialogue lists without proper punctuation But it does work It s hard and lovely Something about it feels lifelike perceptions and thoughts all rushed together no sense of narrative structure or contrivance Switches tense and person seemingly at random All the while magically spinning this harsh stark world you ve never encountered before The language so gorgeous you wish you could bathe in it Leaves fall gently The sun breaking through In a flash everything seemed interconnected as it s meant to be I watched the shadows of the trees canopies on the path and noticed how the wind moved the leaves in the treetops light falling shifting uickly between shimmering sunlight and dense darkness and the sounds of gentle rustling whispering and mumbling all so soothing my heart about to burst I am warm and cold and I was also warm and cold too when the church bells struck ten and I pressed my mouth against a stray branch and prayed for my life and began to walk that Tuesday past the rose beds and the little pond with ducklingsGotta read this again and pray there s something else of hers that s been translated I LOVE NAJA MARIE AIDT Blackmailed Into the Greek Tycoons Bed (International Billionaires, young. After reading reviews of this in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Review of Books I didn t think I would enjoy it very much From the descriptions of the plots of various stories a woman who abuses her todder a man who picks a perilous hike when his son s just been injured to tell his wife that he s fucking her sister it sounded too unredemptively brutal for my taste Plus at least one review noted how little information it gave about the characters and I didn t think I liked minimalism I had to read Raymond Carver stories in one of my college classes and I didn t really get what the big deal was My problem with a lot of contemporarypostmodern stuff I guess I m a philistineAnd although I maybe wouldn t go so far as to say I get these stories I can confidently say that this woman is a genius I feel so so lucky that this collection came out in such a beautiful English translation and that I got my hands on an ARC I was utterly spellbound from the first confusing ruthless story The prose is just magnificent beyond description It s spare Her Husbands Christmas Bargain yet somehow lush at the same time The reader is dropped in the middle of each story no real background no information and the pace is almost too breathless abrupt It shouldn t work it s like what a very inexperienced bad writer might do I guess the effect is created by sentence after sentence with no real connection sometimes switching gears without a paragraph break where The Geography of Witchcraft you might expect one such as when there s a new speaker in dialogue lists without proper punctuation But it does work It s hard and lovely Something about it feels lifelike perceptions and thoughts all rushed together no sense of narrative structure or contrivance Switches tense and person seemingly at random All the while magically spinning this harsh stark world Hold On To Me you ve never encountered before The language so gorgeous Copping It Sweet (Murphys Law you wish Ill Be Yours for Christmas (Harlequin Blaze, you could bathe in it Leaves fall gently The sun breaking through In a flash everything seemed interconnected as it s meant to be I watched the shadows of the trees canopies on the path and noticed how the wind moved the leaves in the treetops light falling shifting uickly between shimmering sunlight and dense darkness and the sounds of gentle rustling whispering and mumbling all so soothing my heart about to burst I am warm and cold and I was also warm and cold too when the church bells struck ten and I pressed my mouth against a stray branch and prayed for my life and began to walk that Tuesday past the rose beds and the little pond with ducklingsGotta read this again and pray there s something else of hers that s been translated I LOVE NAJA MARIE AIDT

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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 realization. Short stories short reviewBorn in Greenland Danish language writer Naja Marie Aidt won the Nordic Council s Literature Prize in 2008 for this short story collection originally published as Bavian and the translation her first work to appear in English was the recipient of the 2015 PEN Translation Prize Add to the list of honours a longlist appearance for the US based Best Translated Book Award it meant my purposely delayed reading of these fifteen short stories to co incide with Women In Translation Month was only heightening my sense of anticipationA collection which includes the surreal the all too real twists simple incidents it is not a work which can be easily classified However the theme of fractured relationships kept bubbling to the surfaceWe have stories with divorced couple a couple with an adopted child revealing their extra marital affairs to each other an abusive mother who beats her two year old child a minor shoplifting incident which spirals out of controlThe story The Honeymoon explores a couple on their way to the matriarchal city of Olympus when they are attacked by a William Blake uoting savageFor my full review go to


10 thoughts on “Bavian author Naja Marie Aidt

  1. says:

    A GR friend persuaded me that this collection which had been on my radar for some time was still worthwhile after I was bored by at least 80% of Aidt's Rock Paper Scissors And worthwhile it was I was glad too that it turned out not to be a book of radical feminist stories as the blurb gave the impression it might be Rathe

  2. says:

    the first work from danish poet and author naja marie aidt to appear in english translation baboon bavian collects fifteen dark yet memorable short stories aidt's brief tales are terse yet fleshed out with characters enduring situations both

  3. says:

    In Baboon Naja Marie Aidt’s stories are built around the familiar themes of sex love and desire yet there is not

  4. says:

    Baboon Naja Marie Aidt Denise Newman in media res and where is this going and still don't always know care and painful but masterful and both this and The Guilty Juan Villorobrought up because read close in time and space instead of

  5. says:

    After reading reviews of this in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Review of Books I didn't think I would enjoy it very much From the descriptions of the plots of various stories—a woman who abuses her todder; a man who picks a perilous hike when his son's just been injured to tell his wife that he's fucking her sister—it sounded too unredemptively brutal for my taste Plus at least one review noted how

  6. says:

    So I've recently realized that I have a major crush on short story collections Naja Marie Aidt's Baboon is part of this epiphany This collection is abrasive and emphasizes the dirty human read as the eclectic genetics of a hot dog soaked in bleach Within mother hates child man hates woman woman hates woman et cetera The language here is direct gritty and apathetic; each story offers parts of us we suppress and does so

  7. says:

    Cynical raw devoid of meaning Brimming with disdain for the characters A small book

  8. says:

    Short stories short reviewBorn in Greenland Danish language writer Naja Marie Aidt won the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize in 2008 for this short story collection originally published as ‘Bavian’ and the translation her first work to appear in English was the recipient of the 2015 PEN Translation Prize Add to the list of honours a longlist appearance for the US based Best Translated Book Award it meant my purposely delayed reading

  9. says:

    Skip the first story or at least read past it without prejudice It caused me to hate the book at first but I read on out of commitmen

  10. says:

    I just love her short stories it's postmodern and lovely

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