Passages

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Dalkey Archive Press, 1969 - Fiction - 112 pages
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Two characters - a woman in search of her brother, and the woman's lover in search of himself - travel the Mediterranean landscape, co-dependently bound to one another in a hopeless relationship.
Mirroring the schizophrenic nature of the characters, the text is broken up into alternating sections of narrative and diary entries. The lyrical nature of the prose counters this fragmentation, as resonances develop amid "cut-up" dreams and fantasies in a fashion similar to a musical composition.
 

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What is more or less a simple plot--a woman accompanied by her lover--searching for her lost brother in a Mediterranean kind of landscape; that brother some kind of revolutionary (or not), with some ... Read full review

Passages (British Literature Series)

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Quin, one of a small cadre of British experimental writers, produced four novels before her death in 1973. Forgotten and out of print for nearly 40 years, they languished until Dalkey Archive began ... Read full review

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About the author (1969)

Ann Quin (1936-1973) was one of the great unsung geniuses of 20th century British fiction. After a Catholic education, a brief stint of secretarial work, and a nervous breakdown, she began to write, and fell in with loosely-defined group of experimental English novelists that included B.S. Johnson, Stefan Themerson, and Eva Figes. Between 1964 and her suicide in 1973, Quin wrote four utterly unique novels, any one of which should've secured a lifelong reputation. Her work looks back to Beckett and Robbe-Grillet and forward to Markson, Sorrentino, Acker, and Bolaņo. Berg, her debut novel, was the basis for the 1989 film Killing Dad.

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