It Lasts Forever and Then It's Over (Paperback)
  • It Lasts Forever and Then It's Over (Paperback)
zoom

It Lasts Forever and Then It's Over (Paperback)

(author)
3 Reviews Sign in to write a review
£10.99
Paperback 132 Pages
Published: 07/03/2024
  • 10+ in stock

Usually dispatched within 2-3 working days

  • This item has been added to your basket
Waterstones Says

Mordantly funny and breathlessly inventive, de Marcken's exquisite novella is narrated by a woman floating through the landscapes of the afterlife in a variety of sublime and heartbreaking set pieces.

The heroine of the spare and haunting It Lasts Forever and Then It’s Over is voraciously alive in the afterlife. Adrift yet keenly aware, she notes every bizarre detail of her new reality. And even if she has forgotten her name and much of what connects her to her humanity, she remembers with an implacable and nearly unbearable longing the place where she knew herself and was known—where she loved and was loved.

Traveling across the landscapes of time and of space, heading always west, and carrying a dead but laconically opinionated crow in her chest, our undead narrator encounters and loses parts of her body and her self in one terrifying, hilarious, and heartbreaking situation after another. A tale for our dispossessed times, and one of the sharpest and funniest novels of recent years, It Lasts Forever and Then It’s Over plumbs mortality and how it changes everything, except possibly love.

Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions
ISBN: 9781804270745
Number of pages: 132
Dimensions: 197 x 125 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘[A] soul-stirringly expansive novel, It Lasts Forever and Then It’s Over, classic dramatic structures – introduction, rise, climax, fall, resolution – are distended, and linger after the curtains close.… By resisting endings, de Marcken’s deeply imaginative novel reflects that world – our collective story.’ — Kate Simpson, Telegraph

'Astounding, inventive, and utterly original, Anne de Marcken has written a freakish classic with wisdom to spare about life, death, and the eerily vast space between. I was absolute putty in this book’s hands.' — Alexandra Kleeman, author of Something New Under the Sun

'It Lasts Forever is sad, shocking, funny, prophetic, visceral, and deeply human. From amid the dislocations, the lacerations, a profound meditation arises. Highly recommended.' — Jeff VanderMeer, author of Dead Astronauts

‘[T]he prose is exquisite and the form is inventive, and there is plenty of white space between fragments of text and a handful of doodles. It’s wry and moving and very beautiful.’ — Susie Mesure, Spectator

‘[A] strange, haunting novel by Anne de Marcken, whose acerbic voice breathes new life into the fictional possibilities of the undead.’ — Joshua Rees, Buzz

‘Long and short, it’s hard to imagine a more erudite zombie story. This is de Marcken’s central trope — and her triumph. She seizes the gut-smeared cliches of The Walking Dead and recomposes them as a philosophical odyssey. Better yet, despite her fiction’s core seriousness, its quest for the Real, her undead stumble through a Grand Guignol farce.’ — ​​John Domini, Brooklyn Rail

‘Crepuscular and gradual, minimal and tender, the words and photographic poems in Anne de Marcken’s The Accident are filled with measured, continuous, indestructible longing.... she has a quiet way of making you surrender, ecologically and aesthetically, through her account’s transient, fugitive beauty and explicit interlacing dormant fragility.’ — Vi Khi Nao, author of Human Tetris (praise for The Accident)

'The Accident takes place in that gap between seeing and feeling, feeling and knowing, ‘a bird trapped inside your head’ and ‘something brighter than fear.’ Lunar in its hold and its hope, this is a book that reaches through trauma to uncover memory as an end and a beginning. With its deft shifts in perspective, its images at once soothingly atmospheric and hauntingly specific, The Accident gestures toward a dream where intimate claustrophobia gives way to a landscape that shifts with the imagination.' — Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author of Sketchtasy (praise for The Accident)

You may also be interested in...

Before the Coffee Gets Cold
Added to basket
Small Things Like These
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
I Will Find You
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Antarctica
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Old God's Time
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Butter
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
Close to Home
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Last Devil to Die
Added to basket
£22.00   £16.99
Hardback
Really Good, Actually
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Days at the Morisaki Bookshop
Added to basket
£10.99   £9.49
Paperback
Rewitched
Added to basket
£16.99
Hardback
Strange Sally Diamond
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
Babel
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Satsuma Complex
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
The Marriage Portrait
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
The Housemaid
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback

“Brilliant from the get go”

A beautiful and haunting read. The prose is gorgeous and pulls you right in. A unique concept with meditations from a zombie that de Marcken pulls off with succinct finesse. An immediate favourite, can't... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 2

“A poignant story on grief and longing”

Rated 3.5 stars rounded to 3

Poetic writing as we follow the narrator on her journey through an apocalyptic world and her own grief. Literary fiction is always 50/50 for me but I was pulled into this story!... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 1

“Caught me by surprise”

I’m not one for zombie stories but this is not your basic zombie story. It’s a touching story of someone who is going through her undead life trying to understand what’s happening as she loses bits of herself both... More

Paperback edition
Helpful? Upvote 0

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.

env: aptum
branch: