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Bavian

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  1,059 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Beginning in the middle of crisis, then accelerating through plots that grow stranger by the page, Naja Marie Aidt’s stories have a feel all their own. Though they are built around the common themes of sex, love, desire, and gender, Aidt pushes them into her own desperate, frantic realm. In one, a whore shows up unannounced at a man’s apartment, roosts in his living room, ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published 2006 by Gyldendal
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Antonomasia
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Antonomasia by: Bjorn
A GR friend persuaded me that this collection - which had been on my radar for some time - was still worthwhile after I was bored by at least 80% of Aidt's Rock, Paper, Scissors. And worthwhile it was. I was glad too, that it turned out not to be a book of radical-feminist stories as the blurb gave the impression it might be. Rather it's (IMO) distinctly queer.

One story whose blurb strongly gave that impression was 'The Honeymoon'; it was missing from the Scribd edition of Baboon, but I later fo
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jeremy
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the first work from danish poet and author naja marie aidt to appear in english translation, baboon (bavian) collects fifteen dark, yet memorable short stories. aidt's brief tales are terse yet fleshed out with characters enduring situations both strange and imaginative. offering a nod to the absurd and unbelievable, baboon hums with revelation and foreboding.
the only thing i'm not able to say about you is what you're thinking when you sit on the couch at night.
maybe you don't even know yoursel
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Alta
In Baboon, Naja Marie Aidt’s stories are built around the familiar themes of sex, love and desire, yet there is nothing “familiar” about them. The reader is dropped in the middle of each story (the first story of the collection starts with “Suddenly”) without much information about the characters. The pacing is breathless: short sentence follows short sentence at a frantic speed. Written in a minimalist, concise style—brought to us in English through Denise Newman’s beautiful translation--the ...more
Marian
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ojojoj, for noen noveller! Hårfin balansegang mellom nydelig og avskyelig, hver eneste en av dem. Vi er skrøpelige vi mennesker, onskapsfulle og egoistiske kan vi også være. Men midt i alt lyser det alltid frem noe fint, varmt og vart.
Steven
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Baboon, Naja Marie Aidt (Denise Newman), in media res and where is this going (and still don't always know, care) and painful but masterful (and both this and The Guilty (Juan Villoro...brought up because read close - in time (and space) instead of making me feel the gaps between cultures instead explodes it and introduces the (t's always there) universality)
Bethany Johnsen
After reading reviews of this in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Review of Books, I didn't think I would enjoy it very much. From the descriptions of the plots of various stories—a woman who abuses her todder; a man who picks a perilous hike when his son's just been injured to tell his wife that he's fucking her sister—it sounded too unredemptively brutal for my taste. Plus, at least one review noted how little information it gave about the characters, and I didn't think I liked minimalis ...more
Brittany
So, I've recently realized that I have a major crush on short story collections. Naja Marie Aidt's "Baboon" is part of this epiphany. This collection is abrasive and emphasizes the dirty human (read as: the eclectic genetics of a hot dog soaked in bleach.) Within, mother hates child, man hates woman, woman hates woman, et cetera.)

The language here is direct, gritty, and apathetic; each story offers parts of us we suppress, and does so beautifully. Once the world's collective misanthropy reaches
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Erik
Jan 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: regret-reading
Cynical, raw, devoid of meaning. Brimming with disdain for the characters. A small book.
K's Bognoter
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fremragende novellesamling. Naja Marie Aidt har en eminent iagttagelsesevne og en sprød pen, hvormed hun med særegen sikkerhed formår at gøre komplekse situationer levende og nærværende med ganske få ord. Stort set hver eneste af disse noveller er ladet med en udefinerlig spænding, noget usagt eller ugjort, noget vibrerende, som man som læser ikke præcist kan identificere, men som man kan fornemme. Og hele tiden venter man på, at det måske skal eksplodere.

Læs den fulde boganmeldelse på K’s bogno
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Rasma
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lesesirkel, på-norsk
Skip the first story, or at least read past it without prejudice. It caused me to hate the book at first, but I read on out of commitment to my reading group and am very glad I did. Some real gems there, like "Torben og Maria", "Hun gråter ikke" and "Tur i bil". These stories are dark and disturbing, but somehow not depressing per se. I would almost want to own the book and be able to read the stories again later. They are the sort that make an impact, but you don't really remember them in detai ...more
Ann Katrine Kristensen
Sep 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Hun skriver helt fantastisk! Hun har en måde at gøre personerne og deres verden virkelig og meget nærværende!
Pernille
Feb 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: danish-authors
I just love her short stories - it's postmodern and lovely!
Acacia Ives
This is a hard collection to explain. beautifully written different stories very interesting. Full review to come on my channel
Hannah Gadbois
“Tuesday morning it became clear that autumn was now on its way. There was a new coolness in the air. Drizzles later turned into hail. But between showers there was also intermittent golden sunshine that made the withering leaves light up like copper. A strong scent of damp earth and rot pervaded my morning walk down the familiar walkways and paths. I was melancholic. I thought intensely about death. Summer passes so quickly and who knows if it’ll be the last. Because death is tugging at me. And ...more
Christina
Nov 16, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
En række ubærlige noveller, som for de flestes vedkommende var godt skrevet (men var de virkelig så gode at hun skulle have Nordisk Råds Litteraturpris i 2008 for dem?). Jeg brød mig overhovedet ikke om dem. De bekræfter alle mine fordomme om nyere dansk litteratur og bekræfter mig bare i at det ikke er litteratur for mig. De eneste 2 noveller der sagde mig noget var "Bulbjerg" og "Torben og Maria", - sikkert fordi der var uskyldige børn i, som jeg havde ondt af. Der var ingen af personerne i no ...more
Paul
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not an author/poet I had heard of before I picked up a copy of this book before a holiday to Denmark, where she hails from (though Greenlandic by birth). These short stories are very claustrophobic and often with little dialogue, but leave a lasting impression. There are not many sunny skies or big dramas, but people alone or in families living with fear, pressure and, at times, aggression in 15 punchy tales.
Daniel Ribas
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This collection of short stories is powerful. Each story tells something of human even in the most boring situations of life. There is always something besides what you see. There is always a strange humanity. That most of the time is dark or simply different.
Martina
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Zajímavý koncept povídek o lidskosti hlavně z té špatné stránky a životě v naší společnosti. Z některých povídek může mít čtenář i špatnou náladu, ale možná i právě proto si myslím, že povídky z této sbírky si budu pamatovat dlouho.
Thomas Olsen
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Et slags hovedværk når det kommer til novellesamlinger i nyere dansk litteratur. Aidt har virkelig styr på sprog og form. Ikke alle novellerne er perler, men nogle stikker virkelig ud (jeg holder fx meget af "myggestik")
Sarah Reffstrup
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
En mesterlig novelle samling 👏
Stephanie
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Sara Hlín
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Àhugaverðar smásögur um samskipti milli para.
Anni Mogensen
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
2,5
Martin Sorensen
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Velskrevede noveller om luksusproblemer.
Dorte
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1001
Jeg tror, mit hovedproblem med Bavian er, at vrede kun virker, hvis den er godt holdt nede. Ellers bliver den bare nyttesløst irriterende som en alarm, der går af, og som alle ignorerer.
Michael Pennington
Gruesome, evocative little stories.
Rachel Bookish
Weird and oddly written, these are strange stories with strange sex and often surprising endings. Kind of similar style as Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett and Revenge by Yōko Ogawa.
David Svinth
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Naja Marie Aidts 'Bavian' har de sidste ti år været fast inventar i de danske boghandlere. Nu fandt jeg et eksemplar i min lokale genbrug og tænkte, at det var på tide at give den en chance.

Det er noveller med en overraskende handling. Nogle gange sker der noget vanvittigt, andre gange følger handlingen et uventet spor. Det kan jeg godt lide. Der er en slags fuck-berettermodellen-attitude, og det er forfriskende. I hvert fald i de første noveller.

Novellerne handler om parhold, sex, vold, fatti
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Tonymess
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short stories, short review.

Born in Greenland, Danish language writer Naja Marie Aidt won the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize in 2008 for this short story collection (originally published as ‘Bavian’), and the translation, her first work to appear in English, was the recipient of the 2015 PEN Translation Prize. Add to the list of honours, a longlist appearance for the US based Best Translated Book Award, it meant my purposely delayed reading of these fifteen short stories to co-incide with Wom
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Naja Marie Aidt is a Danish poet and writer. She was born in Greenland, and spent some of her childhood there. She published her first book of poetry in 1991, and in 2008 she was awarded the Nordic Council's Literature Prize.
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“fear of that same death. An inferno of opposing desires. One day I stopped working. One day I stayed in bed. I stopped answering the phone, I just stopped. I let myself be dismissed from the high school where I was teaching, received unemployment, sick days, and later, social security. And later, much later, the earth, the trees, the rain. Especially the trees. Their certain endurance in this world, standing, in the same spot, moving and under the influence of everything around them, but they don't move, they never move until someone cuts them down. And even then, it doesn't necessarily end their lives—it's not easy to get rid of a tree. The stump sprouts and soon it's tall and dense again, growing wildly.” 2 likes
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