The Coiled Serpent : 'So inventive that it makes other writing seem uncourageous'-9781838956356

The Coiled Serpent : 'So inventive that it makes other writing seem uncourageous' by Grudova, Camilla

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Author: Grudova, Camilla

Film: styles & genres

Published on 2 November 2023 by ATLANTIC BOOKS in the United Kingdom.

Hardback | 208 pages
144 x 224 x 23 | 322g

'Utterly triumphant... She's a thoroughly sui generis visionary - and, after reading The Coiled Serpent, I'd say one of the most startlingly original writers we've got.' A K Blakemore, GuardianA little girl throws up Gloria-Jean's teeth after an explosion at the custard factory; Pax, Alexander, and Angelo are hypnotically enthralled by a book that promises them enlightenment if they keep their semen inside their bodies; Victoria is sent to a cursed hotel for ailing girls when her period mysteriously stops. In a damp, putrid spa, the exploitative drudgery of work sparks revolt; in a Margate museum, the new Director curates a venomous garden for public consumption.

In Grudova's unforgettably surreal style, these stories expose the absurdities behind contemporary ideas ofwork, Britishness and art-making, to conjure a singular, startling strangeness that proves the deft skill of a writerat the top of her game.