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Physical: The catastrophe of desire

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In a small town in northern Italy, Kiki feels worthless and angry when her longtime partner finds a new cool girl to ride on another decade of easy existence.

Meanwhile in trendy London, Fátima, the wife of Kiki’s best friend, is losing her selfhood after giving birth to twins and being made redundant.

Both heroines are determined to rebuild the passion and impunity of the
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Kindle Edition, 143 pages
Published February 5th 2017 by mari.reiza
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Laura Graves
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Physical: The catastrophe of desire, by Mari Reiza, is a post-modern, feminist, existential drama. The title succinctly describes many of the actions of the two lead characters, Kiki and Fatima, as utterly catastrophic. The best of friends, they mirror each other across an existential plane of isolation and fear. They seek to ameliorate these feelings by indulging in hedonistic actions that result in destruction.

Kiki is the embodiment of post-modern, sexual freedom. She describes herself as “ana
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Stephanie M.
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Physical: The Catastrophe of Desire by Mari Reiza is a modern tale of life, love, sex, betrayal, depression and re-discovery. The author weaves a clever, cheeky fiction of two individual women, connected by friendship, each exploring her own path to self-discovery.

Both women, Kiki and Fátima, are strong, independent, self-assured, middle-aged women who have each gotten into a slump of sorts. Physical tells the story of their separate but connected slide into, and their fight back out of, the aby
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Kwong Ling
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Physical: the Catastrophe of Desire” is a novel by Mari Reiza about two modern day women on an emotional collision course. Kiki is a patent lawyer working at her parent’s practice and recovering from the betrayal of her boyfriend. Fatima is a career mother who is on maternity leave for her two daughters in school and husband in high finance. By their expositions, the author explores the needs of cosmopolitan women in making a societal difference through the use of their bodies. While the conseq ...more
Sophie
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
‘Physical: The catastrophe of desire’ by Mari Reiza is a postmodern novel about two female friends living polar opposite lives, yet both feeling equally disillusioned. Kiki, a lawyer who lives in small-town Italy, is reeling after being abandoned by her long-term boyfriend for a much younger woman. Meanwhile, in London, Fatima is married to Orso--a City banker and Kiki’s best friend. Fatima is struggling to deal with the loss of her high-flying career and her new life as a mother and wife. As th ...more
David Gunner
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Physical: The Catastrophe of Desire by Mari Reiza
Love, sex and adulthood are baffling. Not the definitions of the words themselves but the ideologies and expectations that come attached to them. How does one go about re-establishing their sexual persona after childbirth? Is it their prerogative or the responsibility of their partner to get them back on the proverbial horse? How unfair is it that females get to carry and attend to the results of sex while their male partners go on with their live
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NicCole
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Women feel as though they are to live in the world for very few purposes, that doesn’t include the things they know, but only for their looks. Being in a relationship or marriage can be challenging, especially if there are some miscommunication and misunderstanding happening. In “Physical”, author Mari Reisa Introduces her readers to two lovely women living different lives on the relationship spectrum, who are also very dear friends, named Kiki and Fátima. Each is dealing with their own dilemmas ...more
mari reiza
Feb 09, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
A novel about two women in the middle of their lives suddenly set once again on following their physical desires. The stories are told through their own and through each other's viewpoints as the narration alternates. The style has been compared to Maggie O'Farrell's and Elena Ferrante's. A rewarding read.
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mari.reiza was born in Madrid in 1973. She has worked as an investment research writer and management consultant for twenty years in London. She studied at Oxford University and lives off Portobello Road with her husband and child.