Author: Grudova, Camilla
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Published on 14 February 2017 by Fitzcarraldo Editions in the United Kingdom.
Paperback | 192 pages
130 x 197 x 17 | 254g
Surreal, ambitious and exquisitely conceived, The Doll's Alphabet is a collection of stories in the tradition of Angela Carter and Margaret Atwood. Dolls, sewing machines, tinned foods, mirrors, malfunctioning bodies â€“ many images recur in stories that are in turn child-like and naive, grotesque and very dark. In â€˜Unstitchingâ€™, a feminist revolution takes place. In â€˜Waxyâ€™, a factory worker fights to keep hold of her Man in a society where it is frowned upon to be Manless. In â€˜Agata's Machineâ€™, two schoolgirls conjure a Pierrot and an angel in a dank attic room. In â€˜Notes from a Spiderâ€™, a half-man, half-spider finds love in a great European city. By constantly reinventing ways to engage with her obsessions and motifs, Camilla Grudova has come up with a method for storytelling that is highly imaginative, incredibly original, and absolutely discomfiting.