What is fidelity? In Anatomy. Monotony., Edy Poppy examines this question with an intimacy and ruthlessness worthy of Marguerite Duras. Vår, a young woman from a small Norwegian town, and Lou, a Frenchman from Nîmes, maintain an open marriage. But their polyamorous experiment is freighted with jealousies. Their life in London is broken into by one fascinating stranger after another, until eventually they decide to move away, back to Vår’s rural hometown—a decision that will change the nature of their relationship forever. Anatomy. Monotony. is a novel about sex, love, and the creation of literature in no uncertain terms.
Edy Poppy (b. 1975), grew up on a farm in Bø, Telemark, Norway. She moved to Montpellier when she was 17, and spent several years in France, then London, where she worked with art, fashion, film and writing. In 2005 she published her first novel Anatomy.Monotony., which was translated into Italian, Finnish, German, Polish and English. It won the contest for best love story by Gyldendal. After seven years in London, Poppy moved to Berlin and later on spent serveral month in Buenos Aires, Lipari, Reykjavik and Rio.
In 2011 she published the short story collection Coming.Apart. Its opening story, "Dungeness" was selected by the American publishing house Dalkey Archive Press (also the publisher of her novel), to be part of Best European Fiction 2015. Edy Poppy is now based in Oslo and Kristiansand.
Born and raised in Norway, May-Brit Akerholt now lives in Australia, where she is a recipient of a Fellowship from the Theatre Board of Australia Council. She has lectured on theatre at NIDA, worked as a Dramaturg and Literary Manager at Sydney Theatre Company, and has translated numerous plays. She is also the author of Patrick White.
Edy Poppy is a courageous writer, who dares to transgress the limits most of us set for ourselves. But she does it so playfully and with such elegance that the reader can’t resist coming along to explore forbidden realms.