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Feebleminded by Ariana Harwicz


Ariana Harwicz

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Imprint: Charco Press
Publisher: Charco Press
Publication date: 2 May 2019
ISBN: 9781916465602
4 stars out of 5
17 May 2019

"dangerously addictive"

Originally published in Spanish in 2015 as La débil mental, it is the second part of what the Argentinian author Ariana Harwicz has termed an “involuntary trilogy” exploring extreme mother-child relationships. Her previous book, Die, My Love (translated by Carolina Orloff and Sarah Moses), was narrated by a young mother driven to the edge of madness by desire, loneliness and frustration. Its stream-of-consciousness style and the visceral intensity of its prose – uncomfortable, but completely engrossing – earned it a place on the Man Booker International prize longlist last year... Harwicz excels at tackling taboos around female desire, filial loyalty, a lack of maternal instinct and even incest. Moreover, her prose, thanks in part to the razor-sharp translation, is completely addictive. Here’s looking forward to part three.