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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 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 prose is striking through its clarity word choice and rhythm Aidt pushes her characters into a realm half way between hyper realism and her own version of surrealism The unorthodox sexuality of some of the characters is part of the economy and the strangeness of the overall narratives In one story a man who is very much in love with his wife meets another man and then something happened The pace of the story changes the reader is sure that the couple will split but at the end this expectation is thwarted In another story a couple goes to a city where women are in control but everything seems to be happening in a dream Other stories like Candy in which a couple goes shopping hide something uncanny under a mundane appearance This uncanny character the ambiguity of the settings and the author s voice give Baboon its originality

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Bavian by Naja Marie Aidt

Women who have turned away from men and toward lesbianism abscond to a farm where they discover that their neighbor’s son is experimenting with his own kind of sexuality The first book from the widely lauded Aidt to reach the English language Baboon delivers audacious writing that careens toward bizarre yet utterly truthful realization Cynical raw devoid of meaning Brimming with disdain for the characters A small book

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Roosts in his living room and then violently threatens him when he tries to make her leave In another a wife takes her husband to a city where it is women not men who are the dominant sex but was it all a hallucination when she finds herself tied to a board and dragged back to his car And in the unforgettable “Blackcurrant” two young 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 Villorobrought 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


10 thoughts on “Bavian by Naja Marie Aidt

  1. says:

    A GR friend persuaded me that this collection which had been on my radar for some time was still worthwhile after I was bore

  2. says:

    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'r

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    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 Villorobrought up because read close in time and space instead of making me feel the gaps between cultures instead explodes it and introduces the t

  5. says:

    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 des

  6. says:

    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 he

  7. says:

    Cynical raw devoid of meaning Brimming with disdain for the characters A small book

  8. says:

    Short stories short reviewBorn in Greenland Danish language writer Naja Marie Aidt won the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize in 2008 for this

  9. says:

    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 Hu

  10. says:

    I just love her short stories it's postmodern and lovely