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4.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,301 Ratings  ·  251 Reviews
Enter the strange and wonderful world of Swedish sensation Karin Tidbeck with this feast of darkly fantastical stories. Whether through the falsified historical record of the uniquely weird Swedish creature known as the “Pyret” or the title story, “Jagannath,” about a biological ark in the far future, Tidbeck’s unique imagination will enthrall, amuse, and unsettle you. How ...more
Kindle Edition, 114 pages
Published September 22nd 2012 by Cheeky Frawg Books (first published September 1st 2011)
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Hazal Çamur
Feb 07, 2016 Hazal Çamur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kitap hakkında fikir belirtenler arasında tuhaf kurgunun yeni yüzünün (new weird) ustası ve bir nevi atası olan China Miéville'i de görüyoruz. Fakat görünce hiç şaşırmıyoruz, çünkü benim için bu kitap tuhaf kurgunun harika bir örneğiydi.

Elbette çağdaş İsveç edebiyatı olarak da okunabilir bu kitap. Bence her kesimden okura hitap ediyor. Ancak Miéville diyor ya hani, "Sade ve canlı, temkinli ve tuhaf..." O da beni destekliyor yahu.

İsveç, edebiyat bakımından daha önce hiçbir eserini okumadığım bir
M. Ihsan Tatari
Aug 22, 2015 M. Ihsan Tatari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Tuhaf" kurgu sözü bir kitaba ancak bu kadar yakışabilirdi. Çünkü bu derlemeyi tanımlayabilecek en isabetli sözcük bu: tuhaf.

Ama kesinlikle yanlış anlaşılmasın; akıldan kolay kolay çıkmayacak, benliğinize işleyecek ve daha fazlasını arzulamanıza neden olacak bir tuhaflık bu. Hikayelerin pek çoğunu tamamladıktan sonra "Ben ne okudum?" diye sordum kendime. Ama "Niye okudum?" demedim asla... Gerçi kapağında hem Ursula Le Guin'den hem de China Mieville'den birer övgü koparan bir kitaptan daha azı b
Where do they keep coming from? Over the last handful of weeks I’ve read Near + Far by Cat Rambo, At the Mouth of the River of Bees by Kij Johnson, and Errantry: Strange Stories by Elizabeth Hand—three new collections of short stories, all from small presses, all by female authors, and all superb. And then, just when I think it can’t get any better, along comes Karin Tidbeck’s debut collection Jagannath, which may just be the best one of the bunch. If you take into account that this is Tidbeck’s ...more
Miquel Codony
Mar 24, 2014 Miquel Codony rated it it was amazing
Leído por segunda vez me sigue pareciendo tan enorme como la primera y uno de los mejores libros de relatos de autor único que he leído. Me gusta como, entre todos los cuentos, establecen una gradación de la intensidad de lo fantástico, por decirlo de algún modo, de lo fantástico a lo maravilloso: desde relatos sutilmente ambiguos en los que que la posibilidad de lo sobrenatural depende de la interpretación del autor hasta otros ambientados en mundos de fantasía.

Esto funciona, claro, porque Tidb
Berit Ellingsen
Mar 31, 2015 Berit Ellingsen rated it really liked it
Jagannath is a collection of 13 short stories of different lengths, all containing at least a hint of the imaginary, the unreal, and the weird, as allegories of alienation, otherness, and the taboo, but also as archetypal symbols in their own right.

The collection opens with Beatrice, a story about the many forms love can take, but how similar the pain is when that love goes unrequited. It’s also a story about birth and the love between parents and children.

In Tidbeck’s stories the process of bi
Althea Ann
Aug 14, 2013 Althea Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This volume is so short that it's barely a book (134 pages). Are these all of the short stories that Tidbeck's written? Why not put more in? This is not enough! I hope that her other writing is translated into English, because this is an excellent (if brief) collection.

I would highly recommend these stories for fans of Kelly Link and Theodora Goss. (As well as Ursula LeGuin, who blurbed it, and Elizabeth Hand, who wrote the introduction.)


Beatrice - "If you love someone, set them free."
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Do you like the movie Trick R Treat (and you should, you know)? Despite being thoroughly 'modern' when you are alone in the dark do you secretly believe in the thin veil that separates reality from otherness and netherness? Do you have recurring nightmares about be lost in dark pine woods and of floating fairy lights in the distance trying to lure you off the path? Do you wish you could find perfume or cologne in the scent of fall leaves, fresh rain, falling snow
Nov 19, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it
Intellectual enticements aplenty, but not emotionally satisfying. Perhaps it's a cultural disjunct, but few of the characters felt real, fully fledged to me. And, as is often the case in a certain strand of literary spec fic, stories end just when I feel they're getting started. Standout stories for me were "Reindeer Mountain," a story of two sisters from a long-line of "touched" mountain folk (which actually did hurt my heart), "Pyret," presented as an academic study of a mythological beast or ...more
Jesús Cañadas
Dec 09, 2014 Jesús Cañadas rated it it was amazing
A really great collection of what I would call "mind-cleaner" stories. They're the sort of thing that you ought to read every so often to refresh your brain. Tidbeck incorporates a good deal of Swedish folklore in her work, and not being Swedish I found it all captivating.

The stories are also nice and short! Nice, short and odd.
Mar 19, 2013 Livia rated it really liked it
Cresce di racconto in racconto, e non tanto perché i primi siano più deboli quanto per il bisogno di abituarsi allo stile dell'autrice, che rimane molto distante dal lettore (sì, freddo, nordico, quello che volete). Da leggere in particolare 'Brita's Holiday Village' (ancora una scrittrice in crisi creativa, forse per qualcuno suonerà scontato ma la storia non è tutta nel semplice intreccio), la coppia 'Augusta Prima' e 'Aunts' che esplora una Corte delle Fate con uno sguardo un po' diverso, e ' ...more
Oct 22, 2012 Leemaslibros rated it it was amazing
Hay textos que sólo pueden ser entendidos en retrospectiva. La introducción de Elizabeth Hand para Jagannath es uno de ellos:

“Es extraño, casi inaudito, encontrar autores con un talento tan extraordinario que parecen haber salido a la arena literaria completamente formados, como Atenea de la cabeza de Zeus. Pero vivimos tiempos extraordinarios, y en Karin Tidbeck parece que hemos encontrado a la artista que merece nuestro época”.

Lejos de ser la boutade que aparenta, tras leer esta colección de r
Mar 27, 2013 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jagannath is a collection of thirteen short stories by Swedish author, Karin Tidbeck. The stories are written in English, but maintain a Nordic flavour. Not all the tales in this slim volume appealed. Though I found myself amused by the number of organic creatures populating the pages, I did get the sense I might have appreciated more of the stories if I had a more broad understanding of folklore. Jagannath has collected some outstanding reviews, however, and a couple of the stories easily illus ...more
Rachel (Kalanadi)
Mar 12, 2016 Rachel (Kalanadi) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: collections
Loved the atmsophere. The last 3 stories were almost too weird... but that's also what I loved about this. It was weird and different and I loved Tidbeck's style. If this is "Nordic spec fic", then I need to try more.
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“Jagannath” de Karin Tidbeck. Elogio de lo extraño.

“Extraño” no es peyorativo “per se”; de hecho me quedo con su acepción de “súbito, inesperado y sorprendente”, que bien podemos aplicarlo al caso del libro que traigo hoy, un libro de relatos cortos de la escritora sueca Karin Tidbeck y que nos trae por primera vez al castellano Nevsky gracias a su sello “Fábulas de Albión”: el libro en cuestión es “Jagannath” y estoy dispuesto a hacer proseli
For most of this book I was hovering around maybe a 3.5 rating. The prose is lyrical, and the stories are brilliantly off-kilter, but for several I had that, "Well what exactly was the point here? Why exactly did it end there?" feeling that always leaves me dissatisfied. Also, a couple of them seriously CRUSHED MY SOUL, which, while admittedly a testament to the effectiveness of the story, is not a feeling I usually like to be left with, and so would negatively impact my personal rating.

But. But
Carolyn F.
What a freaky book. Some of the stories were too short, more like ideas she had and didn't develop. I'm not sure if it's just me, because this book has such a high rating, but I didn't really enjoy it. 2.84 stars is the average.

1. Beatrice - Love with inanimate objects, but then they aren't really. ***

2. Some Letters of Ove Lindstrom - A girl who has been abandoned by her mother and then in spirit by her dad trying to make some sense of everything. ***

3. Miss Nyberg & I - Roommates and some
Nov 14, 2012 Sienna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, 2012
In some places, time is a weak and occasional phenomenon. Unless someone claims time to pass, it might not, or does so only partly; events curl in on themselves to form spirals and circles.

(from "Aunts")

I purchased the Kindle version of Jagannath on a whim after learning that Elizabeth Hand had written the glowing introduction. And... wow. Thank goodness I did. Karin Tidbeck's speculative fiction from the border of fairyland enchanted me. It elicited tears and gasps and giggles and on occasion
Jul 15, 2015 Dana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy
This is one of the best short story anthologies that I have read in a very long time. Angela Carter fans will love this absolutely amazing collection of fables. Karin Tidbeck's imagination astounds and inspires me. She is also one of the few authors who has translated her own stories, with an afterword at the end of the book explaining the beauty of doing so.

While I do have some knowledge of Nordic fables, this book gladly filled in the gaps in bright vivid colors. I do caution people who look
Apr 27, 2016 Sorcered rated it liked it
Very short, interesting yet ultimately unsatisfying book. Tidbeck can write, and her prose is beautiful, but I just couldn't relate with her characters and their glacial oddness & suffering.
Highlights (and stories everyone should read): Reindeer Mountain & Jagannath.

(Note: the below are just notes I wrote so I can remember the book if I ever need to. Treat them as spoilers.)

"Beatrice" is about objectophilia and two simultaneously alike and very different souls.
"Some letters..." is a riff
El Marcapaginas
Apr 12, 2015 El Marcapaginas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trece historias cortas sobre el amor, el delirio y la soledad humana. La autora tiene un particular estilo que amas y odias a partes iguales. Son historias aparentemente sencillas que terminan calando muy hondo. Mis favoritas han sido Beatriz, las Tías y Jagannath.
Jan 14, 2013 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

I loved this book. Every story captivated me, and Tidbeck's use of language is amazing, particularly because this is a translation. Who is Arvid Pekon?, Some Letters for Ove Lindstrom, and Herr Cederberg are some of my favorites, but each story is truly unique, well-crafted, and deep. To list any more of my favorites would be to list the whole book (except Aunts. I didn't much care for Aunts). This is definitely a collection I will be revisiting in the future.
Jan 09, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Even if you're not a fan of short stories this collection of Tidbeck's work in English is worth a read. Some is translated by Tidbeck herself from Swedish and some was originally written in English. She captures the Nordic melancholy of Tove Jansson and the absurdity of Roald Dahl. The stories are haunting and disturbing as well as quirky and hopeful. There often are existential themes related to where one comes from and whether they accept their lot in life. Characters look back on their ancest ...more
May 25, 2015 Olethros rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
-Frialdad casi impecable.-

Género. Relatos.

Lo que nos cuenta. Trece trabajos breves de la autora sueca, que suelen moverse entre diferentes grados de narrativa fantástica, que nos llevaran a conocer a una sidhe que desea saber qué es el tiempo, a una hija de la Gran Madre, a diferentes familias con unas situaciones muy distintas entre sí, un ensayo de investigación sobre los Pyret, a dos personas enamoradas de máquinas y a un agente de línea telefónica con unas funciones bastante especiales, entr
Sergi Viciana
Jul 19, 2015 Sergi Viciana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no-realismo
Uauh! Me lo he leído en tres sentadas. MUY recomendable.
Dec 27, 2014 Samet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Çılgın bir yazar, çılgın karakterler.
Wow, only 130 pages but chock full of interesting and disturbing stories, my favorite kind. Lots of intertwining and repeated themes, like time and timelessness, memory, reproduction and motherhood, plants, living machines, folklore as family history, biology as destiny. So good! Great translations by the author too.

I like it so much that I'm making notes on all of the stories so I don't forget them. If you're worried about spoilers, stop reading.

Beatrice - an allegory for heterosexual relations
Alexander Páez
Feb 11, 2014 Alexander Páez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english, fantasía, 2014

Cuando empecé la antología creía que le pondría 4 estrellas, pues los primeros relatos son normalillos, pero según avanzan los cuentos, estos se ponen más interesantes. Vas entrando en la cosmogonía de Tidbeck y te vas habituando a su mundo, los últimos relatos se leen mejor y se disfrutan más no porque sean mejores, si no porque ya nos hemos acostumbrado a este mundo. Nos hemos adaptado. Creo que esta antología hay que leerla dos veces casi seguidas.

Mar 31, 2013 Arnab rated it liked it
I don't know what to think of this collection. Part Ray Bradbury and part Nordic folklore (I think) with touches of science fiction here and there. What I can say with certainty is there is a certain uncanny quality in how most of these stories resolve. And how there is always something that's left to the reader's imagination. I wasn't very thrilled with the actual writing, but then again its a translation by the author herself. Having said that, the writing isn't the pedantic variety either. So ...more
Mar 28, 2013 Branca rated it really liked it
aconchegante! 'w'
uma colectânea de contos todos com um cheirinho à tão apelativa Suécia. Refere diversos lugares, alguns costumes, palavras/expressões típicas de lá... Para quem gostaria de visitar/viver (n)aqueles frios nórdicos, é sedutor.

três coisas a salientar:
-a estupenda frase que tanto se adequa ao meu horrível estoicismo "Mostly because I’ve realized what a lame teenager I was. I was always home at the stroke of midnight; I didn’t like drinking mash; I didn’t have sex. I read b
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