Julia and the Bazooka, and Other Stories
Anna Kavan now stands alongside Virginia Woolf as one of Britain's great 20th-century modernists.Inthis posthumous collection of Kavan's short stories, some ofthe author'smost compelling writing is revealed,inspired in great part byher personal experiences especially her nearly lifelong addiction to heroin. An important literary work, thesenarratives highlight the shadowed...more
To enter the works of Anna Kavan is to enter a swirling, menacing reality where inexorable doom weighs heavy through each word. Each story in Julia and the Bazooka is comprised of a thinly-fictionalized version of Kavan’s own life and viewpoints, allowing it to convey to the reader her heavy burdens of existence in a world that she perceived as vile and threatening. Her prose elevates even the slightest of actions to tremendous pitches of ...more
I had felt like reading Anna Kavan and staying there. If there was something alive. If the skin turned outside itself beating in your hand. Something happened, there was a shift, and I didn't finish this or I Am Lazarus until this week, months later. There are people in these stories who don't ...more
There are motifs which repeat and reverberate. Oblomov is a recurring character here. Not Goncharov's creation but rat ...more
All I wanted then was for everything to go on as before, so that I could stay deeply asleep, and be no more than a hole in space, not here or anywhere at all, for as long as possible, preferably forever.
Anna Kavan's words: immaculate, isolated, haunt(ed/ing). Characters float through their lives, cut-off from themselves and the world, conveyed in a chilling calm which nonetheless admits the occasional description of some bizarre trauma in monolithic, ravingly vivid prose. Many highlights here, ...more
I'm not a big fan of that type of fiction. My aesthetics could be descr ...more
Някои от разказите са особено плътни, залепят се в съзнанието и след това бавно-бавно се разтварят и дълго време след затварянето на книгата, продължават да човъркат мисълта и да я държат будна.
Цялото ревю, тук: http://lateinmoon.wordpress.com/2012/...
So, of course, I read her stories with this notion that I had something to learn from her. And that something is not that life can be very sad. It's that to have an awareness for life can drag you to know yourself through a most unusual process.
Life can throw you under the bus and then the bu ...more
Sometimes she also writes brilliantly well. Bit of both in this collection. Teenage me would have dug it more.
"In the outside world catastrophe always threatens. The news is always bad. Life tears into one like a mad rocket off course. The only hope of escaping is in a racing car. "
Her initial six works were published under the name of Helen Ferguson, her first married name. These early novels gave little indication of the experimental and disturbing nature of her later work. I Am Lazarus (1945), a collection of short stories which explored the inner mindscape of the psycholo ...more