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Sylvie wanted to believe that misery could simply be replaced with happiness Time was a straight line stretching out before you If you could create a golden kind of time and lay it right beside the other time the time of horror Bad History could just recede into the distance without ever having to be resolved from TorporSet at the dawn of the New World Order Chris Kraus's third novel Torpor loops back to the beginning of the decade that was the basis of I Love Dick her pseudo confessional cult classic debut It's summer 1991 post MTV pre AOL Jerome Shafir and Syl. Well it s now official reading this novel pretty much solidifies Chris Kraus as my favorite contemporary novelist Her writing makes me seriously jealousWorkshopping the novel that I hope to publish next year last Monday evening I broke down whining I keep trying to find that balance between the tell it like it is punk rocker in me and the hopelessly romantic literary craftsperson who s read far too much Maurice Blanchot et al to stay put in the traditional and too much in general not to drop names Where do I find the balance between rant and reference talking shit and polishing up literary precious metalsChris Kraus finds the balance Often it is in the ironic facing off of a famous post structuralist philosopher or philosophy with a real world situation that makes a poignant jab at both reality and intellect I ll never forget the passage in this novel that presents Felix Guattari s ideas as it chronicles his less than idyllic marriage self centered womanizing and pitiful death For me such work presents the devastating gap between human ideas and the day to day struggle with our bodies its needs and our consciences constant denial of others in order to get us through to another day Perhaps ignorance really is bliss or perhaps intellectuals are lucky to escape as often as they are able into ideas in order to avoid the knee deep mess piled up around us before we were born which will keep almost all of our lives out of our own control as we slog through them and which we know we will die in without having changed these facts in any noticeable way Unless it be through those very ideas that look so wispy and transitory against the weighty backdrop of the mundane Torpor indeedI have read attacks on Kraus as a cynic ironic or just a plain old bitch since at best her novels are roman a clef exercises in self and other exposure it s not a totally ad hominem argument These readers to me at least miss the possibility that she doesn t bring up the postmodern talking points merely to ridicule them While they may often wither and sound trite before scenes of real people suffering real indignities their inclusion in her work to me is not to ridicule but rather to test and to weigh them and their usefulness to us all Although it could be argued that her tell it like it is punk rock passages are cruel and insensitive and nasty it s hard for me to dismiss them as such because there is also a great deal of empathy in her work Even though Torpor is a roman a clef it s not Lady Caroline Lamb lambasting is that where the phrase originated I wonder Lord Byron Kraus had a great deal to say about the interior lives and struggles of the characters who are not self portraits in the novelThis novel is an amazing balancing act

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Torpor Author Chris Kraus

Sylvie thinks that will save them a child of their own and the success of The Anthropology of Unhappiness her husband's long postponed book on the Holocaust But as they move forward toward impoverished Romania Jerome's memories of his father's extermination at Auschwitz and his own childhood survival impede themSavagely ironic and deeply lyrical Torpor explores the swirling mix of nationalisms capital flows and negative entropy that define the present haunted by the persistence of historical memory Written in the third person it is her most personal novel to dat. Coarse moody name dropping bio fiction Well pitched a little pissy

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Vie Green two former New Yorkers who can no longer afford an East Village apartment set off on a journey across the entire former Soviet Bloc with the specious aim of adopting a Romanian orphan Nirvana's on the radio everywhere and wars are erupting across YugoslaviaUnhappily married to Jerome a 53 year old Columbia University professor who loathes academe Sylvie thinks only of happiness At 35 she dreams of stuffed bears and wonders why their lives lack the tremulous sincerity that pervades thirtysomething that season's hot new TV show There are only two things. devastating beautiful romania orphans the end of history what else do you want


10 thoughts on “Torpor Author Chris Kraus

  1. says:

    I read this article on Slatecom the other day The article explains the plot and all that fairly well so if that's what you're looking for please clicky click the link and check that outWhat I want to say is that this little book is one of those books that can destroy you It can frustrate you and make you want t

  2. says:

    Well it's now official reading this novel pretty much solidifies Chris Kraus as my favorite contemporary novelist Her writing makes me seriously jealousWorkshopping the novel that I hope to publish next year last Monday evening I broke down whining I keep trying to find that balance between the tell it like it

  3. says:

    fuuuuck

  4. says:

    I liked this so much than 'I Love Dick' its form and use of language feels much nuanced and graceful and I was able to engage with it much on the level of sheer reading enjoyment where I was only able to enjoy the

  5. says:

    A joke What do you get when you cross bleak with brutal? Torpor by Chris Kraus Oh my god This is the story of an ex punk video artist and her

  6. says:

    devastating beautiful romania orphans the end of history what else do you want?

  7. says:

    Coarse moody name dropping bio fiction Well pitched a little pissy

  8. says:

    An easier book to assimilate than I Love Dick with an ending justifying the complete reading of this novel thus lessoning the pain of my manifesting time lost never to be regained Why a person would wish to end his life this way is beyond my understanding Nonetheless I continue to practice this disagreeable discipline Su

  9. says:

    A wonderful portrait of the preInternet European intellectual circuit just as the last dictatorships are falling In retrospect I'm reminded of an episode of AbFab in which Eddy threatens to adopt a Romanian baby In this case KrausSylvie's moti

  10. says:

    I can't recommend this enough for anyone with an interest in prose and a taste for the melancholic and profound With innovative layered writing Kraus brings the modern into brute relief crafting a sweeping story with precision and an effortless mapping onto the symbolic These 300 pages are brimming