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Love Novel (Biblioasis International Translation Series, 44)

Love Novel (Biblioasis International Translation Series, 44)

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Winner of the HKW Internationaler Literaturpreis • Shortlisted for the 2023 Dublin Literary Award • One of The Millions Most Anticipated Titles of 2024 • One of Kirkus Reviews' Twenty Books You Can Read in a Weekend • One of the Boston Globe's Anticipated Forthcoming Titles • An American Bookseller's Association Indie Next Pick

Love in late capitalism: Ivana Sajko takes us to the frontlines of a war waged between kitchen and bedroom. 

Love in late capitalism: in an unnamed city, a husband and wife wage a silent war of rage and resentment. He, an out-of-work Dante scholar, is trying to change the world—and write a novel. She was once a passable actress, but now she’s failing at breastfeeding. They take on gigs and debts. He drinks cheap wine; she cleans obsessively. In their two-room flat the tension rises and turns exquisite: the rent is past due, their careers have stalled, the regime is crumbling, and there’s always the baby, the baby who won’t stop crying.

Intense and astutely ironic, devastating and darkly comic, Ivana Sajko’s Love Novel takes a scalpel to the heart of modern married life.

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