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Jaeggy's book is poetical-biographical, fictional-critical, essayistic-historical--a book unlimited.-- (01/25/2019)

Brilliant, associative and short, Jaeggy's essays have the beauty and economy of poems but the souls of portraits, discovering 'human characteristics amidst the chaos' -- which fairly describes her project overall.--Martin Riker"Fleur Jaeggy's Portraits of Past Lives" (11/03/2017)

Three spare and telegraphic essays about Thomas De Quincey, John Keats, and Marcel Schwob, in which each account is self-contained and exquisitely precise, capture the arc of a whole life with filigreed economy.

Enjoy these short, meditative pieces slowly; Jaeggy is addictive.

Delicious--such monstrous control and insight that at moments while reading you experience a distinct feeling of levitation.--Carole Maso

She has the enviable first glance for people and things, she harbors a mixture of distracted levity and authoritative wisdom.--Ingeborg Bachmann

Small-scale, intense, and impeccably focused.

Terse beauties falling on the reader like a chaste gray rain.--Robert Byers

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Brief in the way a razor’s slice is brief, remarkable essays by a peerless stylist


New Directions is proud to present Fleur Jaeggy’s strange and mesmerizing essays about the writers Thomas De Quincey, John Keats, and Marcel Schwob. A renowned stylist of hyper-brevity in fiction, Fleur Jaeggy proves herself an even more concise master of the essay form, albeit in a most peculiar and lapidary poetic vein. Of De Quincey’s early nineteenth-century world we hear of the habits of writers: Charles Lamb “spoke of ‘Lilliputian rabbits’ when eating frog fricassse”; Henry Fuseli “ate a diet of raw meat in order to obtain splendid dreams”; “Hazlitt was perceptive about musculature and boxers”; and “Wordsworth used a buttery knife to cut the pages of a first-edition Burke.” In a book of “blue devils” and night visions, the Keats essay opens: “In 1803, the guillotine was a common child’s toy.” And poor Schwob’s end comes as he feels “like a ‘dog cut open alive’”: “His face colored slightly, turning into a mask of gold. His eyes stayed open imperiously. No one could shut his eyelids. The room smoked of grief.” Fleur Jaeggy’s essays—or are they prose poems?—smoke of necessity: the pages are on fire.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1529 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions (25 July 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06Y3P8MW3
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Mark Twain
4.0 out of 5 stars ... writer's other work - quirky biographies of Romantic writers like Keats and de Quincey
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 October 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Three Beautiful Short Essays
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ms. Jaeggy's cycle of essays is poetic, arresting in its insights and sensibilities, a pleasure ot read
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a pleasure to read such a brilliant writer! Her short sketches are so filled with ...
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