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Berg by Ann Quinn

Berg by Ann Quinn

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The much-anticipated republication of Ann Quin’s masterpiece of post-war British fiction: caustic, thrilling, unforgettable ‘A man called Berg, who changed his name to Greb, came to a seaside town intending to kill his father. . . ’ So begins Ann Quin’s first novel, a debut ‘so staggeringly superior to most you'll never forget it’ (The Guardian). Alistair Berg hears where his father, who has been absent from his life since his infancy, is living. Without revealing his identity, Berg takes a room next to the one where his father and father’s mistress are lodging and he starts to plot his father’s elimination. Seduction and violence follow, though not quite as Berg intends, with Quin lending the proceedings a delightful absurdist humour. Anarchic, heady, dark, Berg is Quin’s masterpiece, a classic of post-war avant-garde British writing, and now finally back in print after much demand.

REVIEWS

"Progressing with the potency of a fever dream, this reissue invites readers to discover Quin’s remarkable voice." - TANK Magazine

"Rare enough is a book that begins by stating its intention—rarer still one that proceeds to do seemingly everything it can to avoid following the path its intention has laid." - Danielle Dutton, Literary Hub

 "The prose that makes Quin’s novel so dazzling 55 years later. The language of her book lurches in unexpected directions, fishtailing wildly from the dark to the erotic to the violent to the insanely funny." - Shane Anderson,The Nation

 "After her death in 1973 at only 37, Ann Quin’s star first dipped beneath the horizon, disappearing from view entirely, before rising slowly but persistently, to the point that it’s now attaining the heights it always merited. I suspect that she’ll eventually be viewed, alongside BS Johnson and Alexander Trocchi, as one of the few mid-century British novelists who actually, in the long term, matter." - Tom McCarthy

PRODUCT DETAILS
Paperback
Publisher: And Other Stories
ISBN: 978-1911508540
Pages: 160