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Walker on Water

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  19 reviews
A woman cultivates a knack for walking on water, but is undermined by her husband's brain, which he removes each night when he returns home from work; a couple overcomes the irksome mischief of the gods; a skeptical dragon wonders what sex is all about: this is the world of Kristiina Ehin. From the 2007 British Poetry Society Popescu prize winner for European poetry in tra ...more
Paperback, 88 pages
Published June 1st 2014 by Unnamed Press (first published June 5th 2011)
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Alan Teder
The Last of the Monogamicans: Stories
Review of the Unnamed Press paperback edition (2014) translated from the Estonian language original Viimane Monogaamlane: Jutud

This is an extremely quirky set of adult fairytale-like magic-realism stories, some of which have running connections and others which are standalones. It is a translation by Estonian writer Kristiina Ehin's regular English language translator Ilmar Lehtpere of the Volume 2 Short Stories in the 2 volume Estonian language set Viimane M
Faroukh Naseem
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the most intriguing genres to me is Magic Realism. Sometimes I'm baffled with the ideas and concepts put together by some writers. This book joins my list of favorite Magic Realism books.
#theguywiththebookreview presents Walker on Water by Kristiina Ehin.
This is a compilation of short stories featuring some bizarre characters, one who removes his brain every night at home, one who walks on water, a skeleton woman, dragons, woman who has a string of ex husbands whom she recognizes with an
Aug 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books which just baffle me as to how other people can enjoy them. Quite literally, this book consists of many many very minute stories which are just plain bizarre and have no explanation or meaning. THAT'S IT! It is 88 pages of nothing!
No themes, no morals, no emotion; there was nothing I could take away from this! Most books are at least a bit mind-broadening but this is just 88 pages of absolutely nothing that could possibly mean anything within a book.

I would say more
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book had been sitting around my room for a couple of months and now that I finished it I can say that it was interesting.
This is not a straightforward book, is magical realism. Estonian magical realism to be more precise. And is a story about life, love, lust, dreams, fear and faith. This all are unrelated stories (or are they?) that tell us different things (or do they?) and it finishes with Happiness and Life. And pine branches and mosquitoes and warmth.
Go read it.
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ehin's fantastical stories convey so much so swiftly. It really did feel like reading a personal mythology. The characters and scenarios were somehow familiar despite their wildly inventive plots.

Mostly, I read these stories as a woman examining the compromises of love and marriage. Many of the stories revolved around a negotiation between a woman and her paramour. In some, the result was happy. In others, not so much. But throughout there was a strong throughline of violence. Often these women
Sep 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
it's been a long time since i've so vehemently disliked a book, but the (very) short stories in kristiina ehin's walker on water were toilsome. also a poet and playwright, the estonian writer is well acclaimed for her short stories (and has been translated into 20 languages), but i found this collection of surrealistic folktales insufferable. ...more
Tom Simmons
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WoW is possibly the best books of 2014. The book's super short stories perfectly synthesis ancient and contemporary forms into a single narrative experience. It's funny and tragic and all over beautiful. ...more
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excellent imagery in this beautifully translated prose. Thought-provoking surrealism; found myself re-reading passages to explore the nuances.

Thank you to Unnamed Press for the gift - I have the feeling I'll be revisiting this, and will definitely share!
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Crazy, whack, funky, funny, scary, and surreal. Highly enjoyable.
Leslie Ann
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
3.5 stars. The stories often baffle, but the prose sparkles.
Kate Throp
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not just any short stories but short stories chock full of magic realism, folklore, quirks, kinks, literal laugh out loud moments and broody melancholy. I loved every word.
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won Walker on Water through a First Read's Giveaway! Walker on Water is a book containing a bunch of short stories. I haven't picked up a short stories type of book in a long time, so I was a little hesitant when I picked this one up. However, the first story put my mind at ease and I knew I would enjoy this book. A thought provoking collection of shorts that will have your brain turning and have you re-examining the relationships around you. ...more
A very slim book of fairy tales and love stories. Although the stories are not all of the same quality, the overall effect is somehow enthralling. I read this book because it was a contender for the Best Translated Book Award 2015 and wrote a bit more about it here:
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book was interesting. The writing style was a bit strange but I didn't mind because the book wasn't originally in English. The only problem I had with the book was I couldn't quite tell if the stories had some deep meaning or if the author simply slapped some words on a page. But I suppose that added a certain charm to the whole. I would recommend this book to anyone. ...more
World Literature Today
This book was featured in the Nota Benes section of the January/February 2015 issue of World Literature Today Magazine.
Alison Bergblom Johnson
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awp15, favorites
Such a cool book. I kept rereading individual stories because I didn't want it to be done. ...more
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely an amazing collection of short stories.
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Kristiina Ehin on eesti luuletaja ja proosakirjanik.
Ta on õppinud Tartu Ülikoolis eesti filoloogiat ja spetsialiseerunud rahvaluulele. Aastal 2004 omandas ta Tartu Ülikoolis magistrikraadi eesti ja võrdleva rahvaluule alal. Magistritöö teemaks oli "Eesti vanema ja uuema rahvalaulu tõlgendusvõimalusi naisuurimuslikust aspektist". Ta on töötanud Vodja koolis õpetajana.
Kristiina Ehin on kuulunud kirj

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