Night as It Falls
A deeply contemporary and mesmerising novel about love, destruction, silences and the traces we leave behind.
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Amelia was one of those people who destroyed everything and called it art.
‘Jakuta Alikavazovic’s sentences and charged silences bring individual and collective histories into unpredictable, illuminating relation. She writes with lyric precision while making the limits of language felt. We need all of her books in English.’
Ben Lerner, author of Leaving the Atocha Station, 10:04 and The Topeka School
**Longlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize**
Paul is a student who works as a hotel night guard to make ends meet. Amelia, who studies at the same university, is the young woman who rents Room 313. Everything about her is a mystery: where she goes, who she meets – and where she comes from.
Paul and Amelia become compulsively and inextricably entangled, until one day, Amelia disappears. Unknown to Paul, she has gone to Sarajevo in search of her mother, the country of their past and the ghosts who still inhabit it. But Paul, as well as Amelia, must come to terms with their inherited bonds and the paths that shape the future.
Night as It Falls is a novel of high passion and low light, rich in vital ideas about identity, first love, class and contemporary anxiety. Imbued with melancholy and wit, it is the English language debut of a powerfully assured European writer.
This is brilliant writing with a lingering depth charge. It has beauty and contemporary resonance as it calmly, skillfully, spins light on collective and individual wounds – while never stripping its protagonists of their flaws or mystery.
Jakuta Alikavazovic’s sentences and charged silences bring individual and collective histories into unpredictable, illuminating relation. She writes with lyric precision while making the limits of language felt. We need all of her books in English.
A dark, brooding jewel of a book, impressively and unashamedly intellectual and multilayered.
A sublime disappearing act, and a wild love letter to all that we're about to lose, have lost and are losing.
A rare, powerful and solar talent.
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