Torpor #2019

Torpor Chris Kraus Fanny Howe Kenneth McKenzie Wark Torpor 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 o

  • Title: Torpor
  • Author: Chris Kraus Fanny Howe Kenneth McKenzie Wark
  • ISBN: 9781584351658
  • Page: 251
  • Format: Paperback
  • Torpor Chris Kraus Fanny Howe Kenneth McKenzie Wark 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, ChrisSylvie 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 Sylvie 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 Yugoslavia.Unhappily 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, 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 them.Savagely 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 date.
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    1. I read this article on Slate 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 out.What 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 to shake the characters, and it can make you feel better about yourself because you would never put up with fill in the blank in any of your relationships But you would be lying You probabl [...]

    2. Well, it s now official reading this novel pretty much solidifies Chris Kraus as my favorite contemporary novelist Her writing makes me seriously jealous.Workshopping 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 dr [...]

    3. 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 older lover, a college professor in his fifties who s got hell of connections to a bunch of French theorists, and that s what he s famous for It is BLEAK Did I mention bleak BLEAK They don t like each other, they never really liked each other, they don t get along, she s gotten pregnant and had abortions with him a bunch of times, so what do they do Why, t [...]

    4. 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 earlier novel in an intellectual way Perhaps it says something about where I am in my life but while I recognise the book is meant to contain a dark, farcical humour of the sort where people look ridiculous and struggle to make themselves understood, I was only able to find it deepl [...]

    5. 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 Suffice to say there is nothing remarkable to report regarding this novel Names could be dropped, but Kraus already has this operation down in spades A little pillow talk might b [...]

    6. 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, Kraus Sylvie s motives are similarly geared towards keeping her sinking marriage afloat Unlike Eddy, she doesn t need to ask but is it art because she s armed with a than adequate set of meta cuspids to settle the question.

    7. 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.

    8. Three years ago, when I was sixteen and lying in the sun reading I Love Dick for the first time, I was amazed by Chris Kraus Now, I was lying in the sun in the same back garden reading Torpor, but instead of loving it I found myself angry and frustrated by Kraus The book opens with bizarre mentions of property flipping and renting I don t think this is meant to be seen as funny or absurd either it s just, like, life Except it s very much not my life, it s not a life I recognise Assuming that Syl [...]

    9. As another review says fuuuuck F this book is good I could talk forever about how good But f the date inaccuracies drive me nuts And it bugs me that these things annoy me Does it matter that the Czech Republic didn t come in to existence until 1993 Or that no one in Prague was starting online magazines in 1991 Torpor describes exactly my experience in Prague in 1998 Why do I need it to be specifically accurate about the date I mean, is Nan Goldin out there somewhere bitching that there is no way [...]

    10. Poorly researched did a romanian speaker ever tell her that the fomanian sounding words are not real words and culturally insensitive, playing into the steretypes women, eastern europeans A pity, because the writing itself is refreshing and original.

    11. Sylvie and Jerome, the two primary characters, and their baby hustle for an elusive illusive Romanian orphan feel decidedly beside the point The least likable readable of Kraus work, but the most substantive, I think I felt alternately annoyed and terribly, terribly ignorant while reading, with blips of psychic movement propelling me through the nonsequential narrative There is a scene with a young Jerome watching his friend, after they ve taken an ice cream break from touring Auschwitz, dry hum [...]

    12. Torpor was a very well written book Kraus is obviously a talented writer, and the book is peppered with thought provoking ideas and sections, as well as well crafted sentences The only reason it doesn t get five stars from me is that the story is about a couple that I found it fairly hard to relate to, and, due to their status as intellectuals academics, referenced a lot of things I am not entirely familiar with It s hard to really fault Torpor for this, as it is a necessary part of the work, bu [...]

    13. At first, I felt the tone of the writing was flat and oddly middlebrow than what I usually appreciate, but the style grew on me and I came to see the voice as having great intellectual depth that I somehow missed when I started the novel Around the point that Felix Guattari enters the story, I became fascinated with the autobiography as fiction and the discussions comparing French critical theory with poetic avant grade work by women The emotions around Lily the dog were particularly brilliant [...]

    14. well constructed and very sharp on both the main characters and the subculture they inhabit, but there s something crumpled up and discarded about the narratorial voice, something very intelligent and sharp and observant and funny but still sick not well, self doubting something that makes me want to distance myself, but I still read this book between two coffees so you know, 3 hours or so so that must mean something.

    15. While the book works on multiple levels, the reason I liked Torpor as much as I did was for its representation of the climate of post Soviet Europe the lingering effects of the Holocaust on Europe, rather than as a portrayal of an increasingly ugly and turbulent relationship or a sordid gossip of the European academic critical theorist and NY art elite.

    16. Another mordant romp from Chris Kraus This time out the fictional avatars of her and her husband take an ill planned trip to Romania to adopt an orphan A stay in Berlin produces some of Kraus s most devastating portraits of the art and academic elite This is also a story of people obsessed with histories they both cherish and despise, and pick at like scabs.

    17. Somehow terrifically dark, cynical, cold, and kind of hilarious Kraus uses theory and philosophy as a foil to her characters and makes it part of her setting and the identities of these people Firmly plotted and a weird great thing happening with the POV I could never put my finger on Amazing.

    18. It is melancholic book but I could not put it down Torpor is very vivid period piece It is permeated with brutal honesty.

    19. It s really good, but it really serves as a complement to I Love Dick, which is way better If you liked I Love Dick, I d recommend this.

    20. Liked most of it I was very engaged in the descriptions of the period Lots of editorial errors in the book, though

    21. A YouTube Vice documentary but the narrator mentioning her personal life I m white, left and middle class so I was satisfied.

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