Fox (Paperback)

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By Dubravka Ugresic, Ellen Elias-Bursac (Translator), David Williams (Translator)
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Fox came to me when I was feeling glum, disappointed by contemporary literature. Ugresic saw my disillusionment, raised me this searing indictment of writers, and then - paradoxically, miraculously - restored my faith, by sheer dint of style. This loose association of stories, which follows a middle-aged Croatian writer as she attends various dubious literary functions, travels home, and ruminates on Russian literature, is more meta-fiction than novel. Ugresic is, in my book, nothing less than a curmudgeonly genius, with the discursive subtlety of Kundera and the righteous anger of Ferrante.

— Maddie

"How do stories come to be written?" Ugresic poses at the beginning of this meta-narrative of interlocking stories, and then brings us on a labyrinthine journey through countries, literary genres, and characters to answer this cliche question in forms that constantly disdain cliche. Ugresic's writing reads all at once as personable, scathingly intelligent, darkly funny, and weird, and I found myself totally engrossed, in awe of Ugresic's personality and totally willing to go wherever her stories would take me.

— Laurel


A Best Book of 2018 at Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and the New Statesman

Fox is the story of literary footnotes and "minor" characters--unnoticed people propelled into timelessness through the biographies and novels of others. With Ugresic's characteristic wit, Fox takes us from Russia to Japan, through Balkan minefields and American road trips, and from the 1920s to the present, as it explores the power of storytelling and literary invention, betrayal, and the randomness of human lives.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781940953762
ISBN-10: 1940953766
Publisher: Open Letter
Publication Date: April 17th, 2018
Pages: 320
Language: English