Avond in het paradijs

Avond in het paradijs

Lucia Berlin

ISBN: 9789048841974 | Paperback, 272 blz | € 21.99 |

Lucia Berlin schrijft over het goede en het slechte, en alles daartussenin: worstelende jonge moeders, echtgenoten die hun biezen pakken, ontevreden dochters en tantes op het dak. Met een buitengewone oprechtheid gebruikt ze haar eigen geschiedenis om haar personages tot leven te wekken en weet ze in vluchtige, veelzeggende details, van banale tot aangrijpende, de haast onzichtbare wereld om ons heen te vangen.

I’ve been thinking a lot since reading these two books about the question of the ruined woman, and about the female artist who spends her career examining her own abjection, because her fear that everyone will see her shame is less than her fear that no one can see her at all. Berlin seems to be one of these, and she is a master at capturing women in states of disintegration: those who are being damaged, physically or emotionally, by men; those who are immersed in scandal or disdained by society; and those who are intentionally self-destructing. Her oeuvre contains, among lots of other things, a profound record of what shame, trauma, and hanging on by your fingernails looked like on a particular woman—or a particular kind of woman—half a century ago.

The Atlantic

One thing that makes Berlin so valuable is her gift for evoking the sweetness and earnestness of young women who fall in love and then catching them at that moment when things begin to turn, when the trees of their being are forced to grow bark.

The New York Times

Berlin’s writing achieves a dreamy, delightful effect as it provides a look back through time. This collection should further bolster Berlin’s reputation as one of the strongest short story writers of the 20th century.

Publishers Weekly

No dead author is more alive on the page than Berlin: funny, dark, and so in love with the world.

Kirkus Reviews