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Dark Paradise (1989)

by Rosa Liksom

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Very short stories, most of them a page or two, that are more like snapshots than stories and more like film clips than snapshots. A few of them have something resembling a plot, e.g. one beginning 'Tonight I am going to find myself a man': off to the hotel bar, find a suitable mark, up to his room, order up caviar, undress, refresh makeup, say good-night to doorman. Mission accomplished; the narrator had been able to show someone her brand-new lace-patterned body stocking from Paris. There's a high body count in the book but the murders are recounted at the same pitch and in the same detached way as everything else is and so the violence seems slightly absurd rather than realistic. For the most part the stories begin and end at what seem like arbitrary points in time, have no dialogue, and don't engage one emotionally. (The last is no bad thing, and Liksom's intentions whatever they are aren't to pull at the heartstrings.) Having said that, one story--on Good Friday an immigrant re-enacts Jesus's trudge to Golgotha for the villagers--is touching, and one of my favourites does have spoken words, amusing ones at that: a monk and a woman in a fur coat travel to a country house. The monk goes to the kitchen, fiddles about with an amazing array of expensive gadgets, and serves the woman dinner whereupon she remarks apropos of nothing 'Such a naively theistic image of God fails to answer the existential questions of postmodern man.'

For some reason Daniil Kharms kept coming to mind as I read this, but any relation between him and Liksom is a fairly distant one. Despite the extreme simplicity of the book I feel I didn't take it all in and so shall be re-reading it.
  bluepiano | Dec 30, 2016 |
i don't know about you, but rosa liksom rocks my socks. ( )
  coolsnak3 | Jan 17, 2009 |
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