Fiction Vann, David Aquarium

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Aquarium

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Praise for AQUARIUM "Since electrifying the literary world five years ago with his debut novel, Legend of a Suicide, Vann has racked up an astonishing number of international awards. This lovely, wrenching novel should add to that list."--"Library Journal" (starred review) "By pulling no punches in this explicit exploration of family, forgiveness, duty, acceptance, parent-child relationships, and what constitutes abuse, Vann has outdone himself."--"Booklist" (starred review) "A kind of modern fairy tale...Unlike Vann's other novels, which exist in a closed system of violence and despair, this story offers redemption...Vann's novels are striking, uncompromising portraits of American life; here is another exceptional example."--"Kirkus Reviews" Praise for GOAT MOUNTAIN "David Vann knows the dark interior of family tragedies -- his own life is fraught with them -- and he brings both witness and intense examination to stories of human savagery. His work speaks with an understanding of the unconscionable. "Goat Mountain," his third Sophoclean novel, is muscular, existential, barbaric and dense with allegory...Vann is in conversation with William Golding's "Lord of the Flies," James Dickey's "Deliverance" and Ron Carlson's "The Signal," to name a few, but he is doing something on his own here."--"Washington Post Book World" "The prose is as taut as lean muscle and creates a chilling kind of hypnosis: We begin to think as this 11-year-old boy thinks, an impossible feat of intense artistry, given his horrendous acts and inscrutably twisted mind."--"San Francisco Chronicle" "David Vann's fiction is filled with silence, yet it hums and howls. It is the silence that hangs between gruff fathers and their bewildered young sons, that is foisted by disenchanted husbands on their undeserving wives. It is intense, implosive, infused with disappointment, edged with violence...It is not easy to make a drama out of stillness. Sergio Leone achieved it in his Westerns, Harold Pinter in his plays. It is even harder when your only medium is words on a page. Mr. Vann crafts his universe with brilliantly precise prose that is biblical in its allusions and unflinching in its gaze."--"Wall Street Journal" "A mere 200+ pages, it does what many novels never accomplish in hundreds more: create a pulsing, panting world in which every thought feels like life or death. Since his 2008 debut, Vann has been compared to the likes of Melville, Hemingway, Faulkner and McCarthy--sometimes coming out ahead. It's not hype. Easily one of the most exciting writers of the past decade, Vann keeps proving with each addition to his small but stunning oeuvre that he is not a fluke. Goat Mountain wrestles with no less than God, morality, the very origin of man and his nature. It comes out alive. Ambitious and potent, both Vann and Goat Mountain amaze."--BookPage "Vann's prose has a primal heft to it...The novel is not just gripping: it tightens slowly around its reader like a boa constrictor...Goat Mountain is a brilliant and wise interrogation of a world in which 'We were always killing something, and it seemed we were put here to kill.'"--"The Times" (London) "Vann is a writer who hunts big game. He tracks the same wild territory as Joseph Conrad and Cormac McCarthy - the violence and perversity at the root of what we call human nature, the animal savagery that is our first inheritance...For all its unyielding darkness, Goat Mountain is, perhaps perversely, an exhilarating experience. It is, first of all, cathartic in the way of all good tragedies. But it is also exhilarating for the least perverse of reasons: the experience of reading a novelist of David Vann's rare artistry and vision."--"The Observer" "Tragic, poignant, and brutal...no one denies its intensity."--"New Statesman" "The book has the quality of a ballad or a folk tale...Goat Mountain, the devilish hill on which these events transpire, remains a closed and terrible world...This story has the power of a bullet fired from a gun."--"The Economist" "Powerful...tense and unsettling...difficult to put down and disturbingly memorable."--"The Daily Mail" "No one walks the line between familial love and explosive violence as deftly as David Vann."--"San Jose Mercury News" "Brutally brilliant."--"Sunday Star Times" (Australia) "Told from the obvious point of an adult who was once that boy, "Goat Mountain" takes readers through incredible beauty, lush views and breath-taking landscapes, down into a sharp cone of grieved madness and brutality...pour yourself a cold one this week, settle into your easy chair, and be ready to miss a lot of sleep. You've been waiting a long time for a novel that'll capture your attention like this does, which makes "Goat Mountain" the book to hunt for." The Bookworm (Terri Schlichenmeyer), syndicated to many newspapers "Violent and disturbing...evocative."--Associated Press (picked up by about 200 newspapers and websites) "The language David Vann uses is so powerful, evocative and discerning, that he is an author with a sizeable cult status. The atmosphere of authenticity that is part of his work must contribute to this."--de Volkskrant (****) (Netherlands) "Phenomenal. Goat Mountain is a shocking, dark novel, written in fiery images, brimming with sensory details."--De Standaard (****) (Netherlands) "A scorching novel in the spectacular sequence of family chronicles. Goat Mountain is a frightening, but incredibly beautiful novel."--Nu.nl (****1/2) (Netherlands) Praise for DIRT "By far the most intense experience I had as a reader this year was with David Vann's Dirt. Words and ideas seem almost dangerous in his hands and yet his work is full of heart. For me that's probably the definition of perfection in fiction."--New Statesman Best Books of the Year 2012 "Brave and brilliant...DIRT is showing us something unexpected, and unexpectedly stunning."-San Francisco Chronicle "Brilliant...This is a novel of violence, destruction and ruin. There is no salvation. And yet Mr Vann's soaring writing carries it forward--a reminder of the beauty that can grace even the beastliest things."-"The Economist" "Vann's gift - his quest, almost - is a willingness to explore the unimaginable, the unthinkable, on the page. He is the real thing - a mature, risk-taking and fantastically adept fiction writer who dares go to the darkest places, explore their most appalling corners. I haven't read a novel as rough and shocking or, importantly, as wise and warm as this one in a long time. It's not safe and it doesn't seek our approval - and I've certainly no idea what Vann wants us to think or feel about it. But isn't that a plausible definition of truly great writing: a piece of work that leaves our heads and hearts in flux - rolling, churning and, if we're lucky, changing?"-"The Observer" "Vann has an extravagantly literary sensibility...One thinks of the stately inevitability of classical tragedy, of Chekhov's lost souls, of the hallucinatory quality of Faulkner's rural fantasia, and of Stephen King's depictions of an unraveling mind."-"The Washington Post" "If you've been looking in the right places, you've seen David Vann's name everywhere recently. In less than four years, he has published four books. This fact alone is impressive for any writer who aims to produce anything above the level of pulp and schlock; it's so much more impressive once you realize that each of Vann's four books is excellent enough to have been the only book he published during this span of time...Brave is a word that gets used too much to describe too many novelists these days. Usually, writers win the adjective merely by showing brief glimpses of vile realms, physical, emotional, or spiritual; rarely do their characters ever do more than peer curiously into the depths before recovering their senses, though perhaps not without a few lasting effects. Vann, on the other hand, truly is brave, because he is never satisfied with simply leading us by the hand a few feet down the rabbit hole; no, he stuffs us down with the butt end of a pitchfork and refuses to let us out until we've breathed in the black dirt at the very bottom. We may not enjoy the experience -- in fact, we may wish he would be less brave -- but there is no denying that we emerge indelibly affected."-"Philadelphia Enquirer" "The last hundred pages of Dirt are as audacious and uncompromising a piece of writing as I've read in a long time. Vann is a brave writer, daring to write about and depict things that most other authors would baulk at, but that's what makes him so good - that unflinching eye for the darkness you could potentially find in any of us, given the wrong chain of events."-"Independent on Sunday" "The characters in Dirt read as archetypes, figures in a Beckett play...When you finally put this book down, break the spell and walk away, you're left with a deeper resonance, a lingering sadness."-"Financial Times" "A well-written, unflinching exploration of the often terrifying chasm between who we want to be, and who we actually are."-"Sunday Telegraph" "Vann's celebrated 2008 collection, "Legend of a Suicide," established him as a fearless navigator of dark themes. His new novel, set in a desolate stretch of California's Central Valley in 1985, cements that reputation."-"New York Times" "With Dirt, Vann reinforces his position as he brilliantly portrays the pitch-dark human psyche. He has an absolutely superb writing style, as fluid as it is precise."-"Dagbladet" (Norway) "When I first heard David Vann had a new novel coming out I was filled with shovelfuls of excitement...This author does for dirt what King Lear and Oedipus Rex did for sight and what Patrick Suskind did for scent...You can't put this book down once you start it."-"The Globe and Mail" "Uncompromisingly direct."-"Guardian" "A powerful story of a family on the verge of imploding, David Vann's novel might not be an easy read - but it is, undoubtedly, a book you will want to devour in a single sitting."-"Stylist" "Magnificent."-"Sunday Times" "Vann mines family relationships and the landscape in which they live to weave his compelling fiction. In the same tradition as Cormac McCarthy's The Road, Dirt is a relentlessly ch...

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"Like Melville, Faulkner, and McCarthy, Vann is already one of the great ones of American literature."--ABC(Spain) "Vann's prose is as pure as a gulp of water from an Alaskan stream."--"Financial Times" David Vann's dazzling debut "Legend of a Suicide" was reviewed in over a 150 major global publications, won 11 prizes worldwide, was on 40 "best books of the year" lists, and established its author as a literary master. Since then, Vann has delivered an exceptional body of work, receiving, among others, best foreign novel in France and Spain (France's Prix Medicis Etranger, Spain's Premi Llibreter), a California Book Award, and the mid-career St. Francis College Literary Prize. "Aquarium," his implosive new book and first to be published by Grove, will take Vann to a wider audience than ever before. Twelve year old Caitlin lives alone with her mother--a docker at the local container port--in subsidized housing next to an airport in Seattle. Each day, while she waits to be picked up after school, Caitlin visits the local aquarium to study the fish. Gazing at the creatures within the watery depths, Caitlin accesses a shimmering universe beyond her own. When she befriends an old man at the tanks one day, who seems as enamored of the fish as she, Caitlin cracks open a dark family secret and propels her once-blissful relationship with her mother toward a precipice of terrifying consequence. In crystalline, chiseled yet graceful prose, "Aquarium" takes us into the heart of a brave young girl whose longing for love and capacity for forgiveness transforms the damaged people around her. Relentless and heartbreaking, primal and redemptive, "Aquarium" is a transporting story from one of the best American writers of our time.

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