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Alta Ifland

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Eastern European folktales, Kafka, Calvino

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Born in Transylvania, Romania; grew up under communism; emigrated to the United States in 1991. Studied French literature and philosophy in France. Writes (and translates) in French (second language) and English (third language).

Books:

Voix de Glace/Voice of Ice (prose poems; French/English; Les Figues Press, 2007). 2008 Louis Guillaume Prize.

Elegy for a Fabulous World (short stories; Ninebark Press, 2009). Nominated for the 2010 Northern California Book Award in Fiction.

Death-in-a-Box (short stories; Subito Press, 2011). 2010 Subito Press Fiction Prize.

The Snail's Song (prose poems; Spuyten Duyvil, 2011)

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... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on April 27, 2015 15:44 • 169 views • Tags: 21st-century-literature, danish, short-stories
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Voice of Ice - Voix de Glace

4.33 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 2007
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Elegy for a Fabulous World

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Death-in-a-Box

3.82 avg rating — 17 ratings — published 2011
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The Snail's Song

4.67 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2011 — 2 editions
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“There was a woman who, whatever she did,could not be...her eyes moistened in sympathy with the ocean of blue mist. And she tried once more to show that she was and opened her mouth to talk, but the words stopped in her throat, walled up. And out of her mouth grains of salt began flowing, piling up all around her body.”
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“Will she be anything else but a child, a child's body of light glimpsed in dreams between night and day?”
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“The room, orphaned of silence, remains for a moment hanging in uncertainty, then its walls collapse with a noise of snow wounded at its core.”
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“Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality.”
Theodor W. Adorno

“A man needs enough...no less, no more. ”
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“But loneliness is as delusive a belief in the pertinence of the world as is love: in choosing to feel lonely, as in choosing to love, one carves a space next to oneself to be filled by others - a friend, a lover, a toy poodle, a violinist on the radio.”
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Nathan Hirstein Martin Dressler The Tale of an American Dreamer may have been the first book I read as a real adult, but I never stopped reading, so I think that it may have been the book that made me an adult, or at least ushered me towards adulthood. It's taken me seven or eight years to be able to even describe my feelings for it with any kind of accuracy, so I'm glad they resonated with you.


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Lisa See Happy to be a friend. What an interesting bio you have!


Christine Hatfield good afternoon


s.penkevich Thank you so very much for the friend request. You have quite the impressive taste in literature, looking forward to discussing some books soon. Also, impressive collections of poetry!


Stephen P Great taste in books. Good to be friends Alta.


Andrew Schirmer Thanks for the request! I admire your restraint in refusing to adhere to the asinine star-system of rating books. Looking forward to exchanges with you.


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