The Water Statues

The Water Statues

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Even among Fleur Jaeggy's singular and intricate works, The Water Statues is a shiningly peculiar book. Concerned with loneliness and wealth's odd emotional poverty, this early novel is in part structured as a play: the dramatis personae include the various relatives, friends, and servants of a man named Beeklam, a wealthy recluse who keeps statues in his villa's flooded basement, where memories shiver in uncertain light and the waters run off to the sea.
Dedicated to Ingeborg Bachmann and fleshed out with Jaeggy's austere yet voluptuous style, The Water Statues--with its band of deracinated, loosely related souls (milling about as often in the distant past as in the mansion's garden full of intoxicated snails)--delivers like a slap an indelible picture of the swampiness of family life.

Author: Fleur Jaeggy
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Published: 09/07/2021
Pages: 96
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.20lbs
Size: 7.07h x 5.16w x 0.35d
ISBN: 9780811229753

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 07/05/2021
Kirkus Reviews 08/01/2021