The Bruise

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University of Alabama Press, Aug 10, 2008 - Fiction - 174 pages
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Winner of Ronald Sukenick Prize for Innovative Fiction

The Bruise is a prize-winning novel of imperative voice and raw sensation. In the sterile dormitories and on the quiet winter greens of an American university, a young woman named M— deals with the repercussions of a strange encounter with an angel, one that has left a large bruise on her forehead. Was the event real or imagined? The bruise does not disappear, forcing M— to confront her own existential fears and her wavering desire to tell the story of her imagination. As a writer, M— is breathless, desperate, and obsessive, questioning the mutations and directions of her words while writing with fevered immediacy. Using rhythmic language, suffused with allusions to literature and art, Magdalena Zurawski recasts the bildungsroman as a vibrant and moving form.

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User Review  - anderlawlor - LibraryThing

I nicely bought this as a gift and then began to read it on the plane home and I'll say this, it's really good. I was just at the AWP and having the feeling that a person can have sometimes which is ... Read full review

Selected pages


The Translation
The Ham Steak
The Bridge
A Splinter in the Belly
At the Table
The Doorknob
The Sentence
The River
The Color of Straw
The House
The Glass of Water
The Sleepers
The Dirt
The Bruise
The Parable of the Bruise

The South Entrance
The Wool Coat
The Trees
The Drugstore Comb
The Melting Heads
The Hum

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About the author (2008)

Magdalena Zurawski was born in 1972 to Polish immigrants in New Jersey, where she attended Catholic School for twelve years before escaping north to Rhode Island to study literature. Currently, she lives in Durham, North Carolina. The Bruise is her first book.

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