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Fences in Breathing

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Shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

Invited to a quiet Swiss château by the enigmatic Tatiana Beaujeu Lehmann, Anne begins to slowly write a novel in a language that is not hers, a language that makes meaning foreign and keeps her alert to the world and its fiery horizon.

Will the strange intoxication that takes hold of her and her characters – sculptor C
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Paperback, 114 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Coach House Books (first published 2007)
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cristiana
Jun 16, 2009 cristiana rated it really liked it
A recent review I wrote for Boston Review's footnotes:

There are several worthwhile topics to discuss in Brossard’s newest from Coach House, Fences in Breathing. There are the real-life social implications to the imaginary war that ends the novella, the importance of pleasure (Jennifer Moxley described pleasure as “the word that first comes to mind at the mention of Nicole Brossard’s poetry”), and the associations between language, body, and desire. Yet it is the idea of translation that most fas
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Feb 01, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it
The difficult thing about reviewing this book is that, as a work of "innovative writing," there's truthfully not much plot beyond what's already given in the book description. Still, it's a strangely enjoyable read, not for the characters or the plot, but for the language. It's obvious Brossard is a poet, and in a way this book should probably be viewed more as prose poetry than as a novel. It touches on themes of translation, women's writing, and the post-9/11 age of the war on terror, all of w ...more
Amber
Apr 28, 2012 Amber rated it did not like it
Recommended to Amber by: Had to read it for class
HATED it. Especially the passage where she deliberately withholds the use of punctuation. You cannot have all of your characters talking simultaneously in a confused jumble and expect the reader to understand exactly WHAT is going on. Maybe that is the point. But as a reader, I don't want to have to play connect the 1000 dot puzzles when I read. I'm fine to bridge the gap and fill things in on my own, but the entire story was just one big "what the FUCK did I just read". I think the fact that it ...more
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Born in Montreal (Quebec), poet, novelist and essayist Nicole Brossard published her first book in 1965. In 1965 she cofounded the influential literary magazine La Barre du Jour and in 1976 she codirected the film Some American Femnists. She has published eight novels including Picture Theory, Mauve Desert, Baroque at Dawn, an essay "The Aerial Letter" and many books of poetry including Daydream M ...more
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