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Jagannath: Stories by Karin Tidbeck
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Jagannath: Stories (edition 2012)

by Karin Tidbeck

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"A child is born in a tin can. A switchboard operator finds himself in hell. Three corpulent women float somewhere beyond time. Welcome to the weird world of Karin Tidbeck, the visionary Swedish author of literary sci-fi, speculative fiction, and mind-bending fantasy who has captivated readers around the world. Originally published by the tiny press Cheeky Frawg--the passion project of Ann and Jeff VanderMeer--Jagannath has been celebrated by readers and critics alike, with rave reviews from major outlets and support from lauded peers like China Miéville and even Ursula K. Le Guin herself. These are stories in which fairies haunt quiet towns, and an immortal being discovers the nature of time--stories in which anything is possible."-Amazon.com… (more)
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Title:Jagannath: Stories
Authors:Karin Tidbeck
Info:Cheeky Frawg Books (2012), Paperback, 142 pages
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Rating:****1/2
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Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck

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    Longshanks: Weird, slightly dark, occasionally wry and perceptive short stories that don't fall back on genre tropes.
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Karin Tidbeck is a Swedish fiction writer who writes in both Swedish and English, and does her own translations in both directions. In her afterword, she talks about both the challenges and the benefits--the concepts that can't really be translated, the ones that can't quite be translated, but don't add anything but an extra stumble for the reader who doesn't speak that language, the insights you can get by coming at a language from the outside.

She also talks about the experience of reading all of H. P. Lovecraft's work, more or less nonstop.

The stories here vary a lot, but overall have a touch of the surreal, as well as a perspective that's less familiar than that of writers who grew up in the English-speaking world. We see in this collection the impostor creature the pyret, and the vittra, a Scandinavian variety of the fae. We also meet intelligent machines that form close relationships with humans who care for them, and a far-future mechanical ark on a damaged Earth. There's variety, compelling characters, and fascinating stories, here,

Highly recommended.

I bought this audiobook. ( )
  LisCarey | Oct 5, 2019 |
A wonderful collection of stories. Tidbeck has a great imagination and her stories really run the gamut from the mundane to the uncanny all the while incorporating all manner of genre and tone. The stories are sweet and compelling and strange and grotesque and just fucking weird. It's incredible. There are a couple of connected stories here (Augusta Prime and Aunts) that would make a darn good (and fairly disgusting) novel. The frequent focus on Swedish folklore is especially interesting and I really appreciated the Tidbeck's afterword about translating her own work and the difficulties of language. Great stuff. ( )
  ZJB | Sep 4, 2019 |
Weird fiction, Swedish-style. The stories in Jagannath are full of Nordic atmosphere: agrarian villages and folkloric creatures mixed with an exploration of the dark side of Human Psychology. Recommend if you like bizarre fiction. ( )
  markhopp | May 17, 2019 |
Un libro fascinante, con relatos que te sumergen en un mundo extraño e inquietante del que a veces tienes la sensación de que no entiendes nada, pero quieres más y más. Ah, en este caso juzgad al libro por la portada, que es PRECIOSA. ( )
  Carla_Plumed | Dec 3, 2018 |
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It’s a slim volume, and some of the stories are only a few pages long, but it’s not quite like anything you’ve seen, even though you may hear vague echoes of everyone from Kafka to Borges to Tove Jansson.
added by karenb | editLocus, Gary K. Wolfe (Nov 14, 2012)
 
For you, dear reader, something wonderful — and weird — is going to happen if you open this book.

It's waiting for you.
added by karenb | editNPR, Alan Cheuse (Oct 31, 2012)
 
By turns brilliant and indecipherably cryptic, this book will capture the imaginations of fans of experimental fantasy and science fiction and is a fine launch for Cheeky Frawg, a new press dedicated to international and translated fiction.
added by karenb | editPublishers Weekly (Sep 24, 2012)
 

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"A child is born in a tin can. A switchboard operator finds himself in hell. Three corpulent women float somewhere beyond time. Welcome to the weird world of Karin Tidbeck, the visionary Swedish author of literary sci-fi, speculative fiction, and mind-bending fantasy who has captivated readers around the world. Originally published by the tiny press Cheeky Frawg--the passion project of Ann and Jeff VanderMeer--Jagannath has been celebrated by readers and critics alike, with rave reviews from major outlets and support from lauded peers like China Miéville and even Ursula K. Le Guin herself. These are stories in which fairies haunt quiet towns, and an immortal being discovers the nature of time--stories in which anything is possible."-Amazon.com

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A collection of fantastical short stories by Swedish author Karin Tidbeck.
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