Stubborn Archivist (Hardback)Yara Rodrigues Fowler (author)
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A dazzlingly inventive and lyrical examination of what it means to be caught between two cultures, Fowler’s debut fizzes with wit and intelligence. Through dynamic prose and rich linguistic metaphor, Stubborn Archivist heralds the emergence of a vibrant new voice in contemporary fiction.
When your mother considers another country home, it's hard to know where you belong. When the people you live among can't pronounce your name, it's hard to know exactly who you are. And when your body no longer feels like your own, it's hard to understand your place in the world.
This is a novel of growing up between cultures, of finding your space within them and of learning to live in a traumatized body. Our stubborn archivist tells her story through history, through family conversations, through the eyes of her mother, her grandmother and her aunt and slowly she begins to emerge into the world, defining her own sense of identity.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 220 x 144 x 34 mm
'I read Stubborn Archivist in a ravenous gulp. It's stunning: so articulate about what it means to live between two languages and countries, tenderly unravelling the knots of unbelonging.' - Olivia Laing
'Stubborn Archivist is an intimate and wonderfully resourceful exploration of origins. In its quest to uncover what a person is made of it digs deeply into the living body, as well as tracing back through its tangled roots. Visceral and elegant, circumspect and vivid, Yara Rodrigues Fowler has a distinctly unhampered way of telling a story; I liked Stubborn Archivist very very much.' - Claire-Louise Bennett
'My goodness. Yara Rodrigues-Fowler has conjured a work of rare power, startlingly original form, and devastating beauty. This novel is a triumph' - Musa Okwonga
'Every page oozes with caustic wit, despair and self-awareness, creating a lyrical debut that pushes the novel form like no other in recent years. A talent to watch' - Nikesh Shukla
'Yara Rodrigues Fowler has written something extraordinary, playing with structure to create an insightful, lyrical and visceral novel' - Emerald Street
'Rodrigues Fowler's debut novel is a timely exploration of what it means to understand past and present and the delicate balance of embracing two cultures simultaneously...Original and thought-provoking, this is a book that's well worth your time' - Stylist
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