"I loved Chloe Aridjis's Book of Clouds
so it was exciting to read her new novel, Asunder
, which, in a story about art, guardianship, damage and philosophy
, revealed again the deftness and depth of narrative understanding of this subtle and courageous writer.
" (Ali Smith New Statesman
The novel wonderfully disobeys all conventional rules of realism and plotting, of show-don't-tell. Powerful and artful, Asunder works like a poem, pulling us into a labyrinthine sequence of connected images.
By the end, it seems like an abstract painting, apparently defying narrative time. This all makes for rapturous and enraptured reading.
" (Michele Roberts Independent
"Strange, extravagant, darkly absorbing
… This is a book about quietness and violence. There is a Nabokovian rhythm in Asunder's obsessive permutations, and in the novel's dance of fluttering life and slow decay
. Her novel thrills with energy because of it
." (Alexandra Harris Guardian
"Chloe Aridjis is crafting a poetics of the strange
. To describe her novels as inconsequential is not to deny them substance, but to highlight their shadowy randomness, their pearlescent impressionism and the way in which they work by hints and cross-references... this is deft and shimmering fiction.
" (Kate McLoughlin Times Literary Supplement
"Aridjis has risen to the occasion with Asunder
. Given that Asunder
lacks a conventional plot, the fact that it is such an absorbing and moving book
says much about Aridjis's skill as a writer. Her unusual imagery and lyrical style breathe life
into this otherwise sombre story." (Financial Times
Rich, strange and beguiling, the much-anticipated second novel from Book of Clouds
author, Chloe Aridjis