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Night as It Falls

Jakuta Alikavazovic

Translated from the French, a multilayered novel of high passion and low light, tracing two young lovers who must both come to terms with their inherited bonds and the paths that shape the future.

£8.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571342273
Date Published
03.02.2022
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Summary

‘Jakuta Alikavazovic writes with lyric precision while making the limits of language felt. We need all of her books in English.’ Ben Lerner

Amelia was one of those people who destroyed everything and called it art.

Paul 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. The two students become compulsively and inextricably entangled, until one day, Amelia disappears.

Night as It Falls is a novel of high passion and low light, tracing two young lovers who must both come to terms with their inherited bonds and the paths that shape the future.

‘A dark, brooding jewel of a book.’ Irish Times

Critic Reviews

‘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 and The Topeka School
Critic Reviews

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.

Deborah Levy
JakutaAlikavazovic

Jakuta Alikavazovic is a French writer of Bosnian and Montenegrin origins. Her debut novel, Corps Volatils, won the Prix Goncourt in 2008 for Best First Novel. She has translated works by Ben Lerner, David Foster Wallace and Anna Burns into French. She lives in Paris and writes a regular column for the daily newspaper Libération.

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