The Doll’s Alphabet

By (author): Camilla Grudova

Short stories from an unholy marriage of Angela Carter, Sheila Heti, and H. P. Lovecraft.
Dolls, sewing machines, tinned foods, mirrors, malfunctioning bodies – by constantly reinventing ways to engage with her obsessions and motifs, Camilla Grudova has built a universe that’s highly imaginative, incredibly original, and absolutely discomfiting. The stories in The Doll’s Alphabet are simultaneously childlike and naive, grotesque and very dark.

AUTHOR

Camilla Grudova

Camilla Grudova holds a degree in Art History and German from McGill University. Her fiction has appeared in The White Review and Granta. She currently lives in Edinburgh.


Reviews

“That I cannot say what all these stories are about is a testament to their worth. They have been haunting me for days now. They have their own, highly distinct flavour, and the inevitability of uncomfortable dreams.” – Guardian 

“Grudova’s style is an exotic cocktail: three parts magic realism, two parts dystopian, and a splash of extreme feminism. However, there is a playful intelligence driving these weird stories and a real talent that can’t be dismissed – even when she seems most eccentric.” – Daily Mail 

“Grudova’s prose is both elegant and nonchalant, offering horrific imagery as if nothing were untoward, and a feminist subtext colours almost every story.” – Buzz Mag 

“This doll’s eye view is a total delight and surveys a world awash with shadowy wit and exquisite collisions of beauty and the grotesque.” – Helen Oyeyemi, author of Boy, Snow, Bird 

“Down to its most particular details, The Doll’s Alphabet creates an individual world – a landscape I have never encountered before, which now feels like it was been waiting to be captured, and waiting to captivate, all along.” – Sheila Heti, author of Motherhood 

“Marvellous. Grudova understands that the best writing has to pull off the hardest aesthetic trick – it has to be both memorable and fleeting.” – Deborah Levy, author of Hot Milk


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Details

Dimensions:

160 Pages
8.26in * 5.47in * 0.58in
0.57lb

Published:

October 17, 2017

Publisher:

Coach House Books

ISBN:

9781552453582

Book Subjects:

FICTION / Short Stories

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Language:

eng

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