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In 23 brief, dreamy stories set in locales from Paris to Cuba, poet, actress and photographer Berdeshevsky remains transfixed by beauty and desire. Window, the first piece, sets the tone: a woman stands at the window wearing a garter belt and motions to her lover standing outside in the snow. Elsewhere, seductions occur in places like church, where a narrator waits to meet her neighbor; on the streets of San Francisco; within a community of Russian émigrés in Paris; or by the waiter in a Parisian cafe bathroom—scenes all depicted with a certain aloof obliqueness. Evocations rather than development are Berdeshevsky's forte, as in Cage, where a caged white female monkey in a Manhattan pet store becomes a metaphor for the protagonist, who is sexually assaulted in the store. In many of the pieces, accompanied by photographs of statues and nudes by the author, the protagonists wait for a beautiful thing to happen. These moody moments can be evanescent, but as stories they're not quite satisfying. (Nov.)
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Margo Berdeshevsky is a mature poet and world citizen whose ever-lively sense of wonder both at the world and at language is a constant in her work. This is writing with emotional power, great beauty and immediacy, found in the here-and-now, woven with extraordinary awareness of what is precisely not beautiful in human life. So MUCH verbal beauty, with the eternal quality of the tale or fable. -- Marilyn Hacker

Margo Berdeshevsky understands the diabolical complexity of the human heart, and how eros is a form of intelligence as well as a drive. Writing with lyric accuracy and necessary forgiveness about the turmoils of love, she also declares the 8th Deadly Sin: the refusal of intense experience. -- Sven Birkerts

Margo Berdeshevsky's Beautiful Soon Enough is a thrillingly cutting-edge work of photos and short short stories flowing together into an extended erotic dream that limns the inner lives of women deeply yearning for connection and authenticity. This is a splendid book by a fine poet turning into an equally fine fiction writer. -- Robert Olen Butler
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 173 pages
  • Publisher: Fiction Collective 2; 1st Edition edition (November 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157366149X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573661492
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,062,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in New York City, MARGO BERDESHEVSKY has traveled the world. She currently is writing in Paris, where she is considering conversations with Madame de Sevigne's ghost who lurks, maybe, in the courtyard. Her newest collection of poetry is "BETWEEN SOUL & STONE" (Sheep Meadow Press/2011.) Her book of illustrated stories, "BEAUTIFUL SOON ENOUGH" (University of Alabama Press/ 2009) received the American Book Review/Ronald Sukenick Award for Innovative Fiction. Her poetry collection, "BUT A PASSAGE IN WILDERNESS," was published by Sheep Meadow Press in 2007.

Praise for "BETWEEN SOUL & STONE":

"There is in Margo Berdeshevsky's work a rare persistence of the lyric voice, used with a sense of ecstasy & grief almost religious in its evocations. Absolutely modern & fearlessly romantic by turns, the poems circle the rich & threatened corners of the living planet & travel further into places marked by mythic & oneiric time...Berdeshevsky emerges, fully empowered, as the maker of a new poetry that pushes voice & image toward creation of a world 'barbaric, vast and wild' that Diderot once saw as marker of what all poetry must be." (JEROME ROTHENBERG)]

"...Her latest book, "Between Soul and Stone,", is incredible. This may sound trite, but I can't help but identify Berdeshevsky's work as being like a gossamer web: intensely beautiful, painstakingly crafted into textually dense strands of poetic light. This is not an easy book to read. It demands, itrewards, every ounce of your reading attention. It is also deeply transformative. If nothing else, you'll emerge from your reading with a more exalted sense of what beauty means in our lives. That someone can think, and write, like this is a gift to us all..." [from rave review (Powell's Books Blog) by CHRIS FAATZ.]

Each page [of "Between Soul & Stone"] is immaculate as Margo Berdeshevsky wanders with fire from George Herbert to Cassandra to the silence of the sun before the wounded moon: "The pigeon has found a crippled / moon who will not stand again for days. Has / found water's silence / and the winter wren trusts me." Her ways are the fantastic, the pathos of "love's famine," and a mastery of emotion..."BETWEEN SOUL & STONE" is a book of measured splendors. (WILLIS BARNSTONE )

Praise for "BEAUTIFUL SOON ENOUGH":

"Margo Berdeshevsky is a mature poet and world citizen...writing with emotional power...woven with extraordinary awareness of what is precisely not beautiful in human life. So MUCH verbal beauty, with the eternal quality of the tale or fable." (MARILYN HACKER)

Margo Berdeshevsky understands the diabolical complexity of the human heart, and how eros is a form of intelligence as well as a drive. Writing with lyric accuracy and necessary forgiveness about the turmoils of love, she also declares the 8th Deadly Sin: the refusal of intense experience. (SVEN BIRKERTS)

"Margo Berdeshevsky's "Beautiful Soon Enough" is a thrillingly cutting-edge work of photos and short short stories flowing together into an extended erotic dream that limns the inner lives of women deeply yearning for connection and authenticity. This is a splendid book by a fine poet turning into an equally fine fiction writer." (ROBERT OLEN BUTLER )

Of her poetry collection, JEROME ROTHENBERG has written,"With the publication of BUT A PASSAGE IN WILDERNESS, Berdeshevsky emerges, fully empowered, as the maker of a new poetry that pushes voice & image toward creation of a world 'barbaric, vast and wild" that Diderot once saw as marker of what all poetry must be.' "

"Brevity... lushness and lyricism... This is a writer who understands the power of language." Rave review (Poetry International) for Margo Berdeshevsky's story collection BEAUTIFUL SOON ENOUGH.

Graduated from the High School of Performing Arts, attended Northwestern and New York Universities, she quit for a role in her first Off Broadway play; trained as an actress by Lee Strasberg, she performed in world premieres of Harold Pinter's "The Basement" & "Tea Party," David Hare's "Slag," worked in the companies of Lincoln Center and Joseph Papp's Public Theatre, toured the USA as Ophelia, and was nominated for a television Emmy award, for a country western drama in which she had her head in an oven, but was saved by a neighbor who prayed for her.

Her multi-genre novel, "VAGRANT," will be published next.

* For an in-depth INTERVIEW @ Paris Writers News: http://tinyurl.com/ygc4esc

* Pls visit her BLOG: http://margoberdeshevsky.blogspot.com/

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dallas Woodburn on May 23, 2014
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It is safe to say I have never before read a book quite like Margo Berdeshevsky’s Beautiful Soon Enough, winner of the American Book Review/Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize. During the first few pages of the book, I found the analysis-heavy part of my brain kept interrupting, trying to pin down the book into a definable category: was this fiction? Poetry? A novel-in-stories?

But this is a book that resists labels. It does not fit into tidy boxes. And, I grew to realize more and more as I continued reading, that is part of what makes this book so striking, so rich, so beautiful.

Beautiful Soon Enough is a sensual, dazzling book that explores the complex intricacies of womanhood, motherhood and sexuality. As I read, I could feel the characters’ emotions coursing through my own body: love, desire, anger, fear, hope.

Another thing I love about this book is the evocative black-and-white photographs interspersed throughout the prose pieces. Berdeshevsky’s text and photographs converse with each other across the pages. And as a writer, poet or artist reading this book, the photographs invoke new creation. Beautiful Soon Enough is my favorite kind of book: one that inspires the readers to put pen to paper themselves, creating their own art in response to the stunning artwork they have just experienced.

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I loved this book for the same reasons I love Paris. It's rich in emotional history. The architecture of it treats beauty and art as necessities. Sensuality and sense memory are everything.

Lovely, lovely prose by a fearless, magnificently talented writer.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Billie on October 27, 2009
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It would take many nights over many pots of tea to tell you, Margo, how profoundly I am affected by your collection of lives -- all of them, yours, of course -- but many of them mine as well -- how do you do that? I seem to remember stories I never heard you tell, so can't figure out how you know all that about mine. It's like I am given new freedom, now, to feel what I was feeling just under the surface but wouldn't allow myself to recognize. Thank you, Margo, for your much more than beautiful collection.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lottie G. on January 8, 2010
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I love these stories. I was happy to see that Chris Faatz at [...]thought they were wonderful too -
"haunting and lyrical.... This is a strange and wonderful book.... It whispers, really; there's nothing
clarion about Beautiful Soon Enough. It's elegant and understated,
richly textured and deeply hypnotic.... [b]rushes close to the beauty of
poetry...deeply sensuous." You're in for a treat.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By poplarhaven on January 7, 2010
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These wonderful fictions are so rich and forgiving, so embracing, so universal and so rare, you'll wonder how you ever got along without them. A book of great delicacy, and of strength that outlasts fear, solitude, and loss. Indispensable!
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