Die, My Love

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Pub Date: 10/15/2019

Pages: 123

Trim: 5 x 8

Publisher: Charco Press

Imprint: Charco Press

ISBN 13: 9781999722784

ISBN 10: 1999722787

Price: $13.95 / $20.50 CAN

Category: FICTION / Literary

Die, My Love

By Ariana Harwicz, Sarah Moses, Carolina Orloff

Price: $13.95

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About the Book

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.

  • Longlisted for Man Booker International Prize 2018

  • Shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize 2018

  • Shortlisted for the Internationaler Literaturpreis (Germany) 2019

About the Book

A manic, bruising stream of conscious portrayal of a mother and wife struggling to maintain both a normal life and her sanity.

Author

Compared to Nathalie Sarraute and Virginia Woolf, Ariana Harwicz is one of the most radical figures in contemporary Argentinian literature. Her prose is characterised by its violence, eroticism, irony and criticism of the clichés surrounding the notions of the family and conventional relationships. Born in Buenos Aires in 1977, Harwicz studied screenwriting and drama in Argentina, and in Paris earned degrees in Performing Arts and Comparative Literature. She has written two plays, which have been staged in Buenos Aires. Die, My Love is her first novel and the first instalment of an ‘involuntary’ trilogy, followed by Feebleminded and Precocious (forthcoming). As well as receiving rave reviews, it has been adapted for the stage in Argentina and Israel. Die, My Love was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize (2018) and shortlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize (2018). Harwicz lives in France and this is her first novel to appear in English.

Sarah Moses is a writer and translator. Her stories, translations and interviews have appeared in various journals, including The Argentina Independent and Brick. She is Asymptote’s editor-at-large for Argentina, and divides her time between Buenos Aires and her native Toronto.

Originally from Buenos Aires and now based in Edinburgh, Carolina Orloff is an experienced translator and researcher in Latin American literature. In 2016, Carolina co-founded Charco Press, where she acts as Publishing Director and Main Editor. She is also the co-translator of Harwicz’s second novel, Feebleminded.

Sarah Moses is a writer and translator. Her stories, translations and interviews have appeared in various journals, including The Argentina Independent and Brick. She is Asymptote’s editor-at-large for Argentina, and divides her time between Buenos Aires and her native Toronto.

Originally from Buenos Aires and now based in Edinburgh, Carolina Orloff is an experienced translator and researcher in Latin American literature. In 2016, Carolina co-founded Charco Press, where she acts as Publishing Director and Main Editor. She is also the co-translator of Harwicz’s second novel, Feebleminded.

Awards

Republic of Consciousness Prize
Internationaler Literaturpreis
Man Booker International