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Beautiful Soon Enough Paperback – November 9, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
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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Top Customer Reviews
Lovely, lovely prose by a fearless, magnificently talented writer.
Billie Hopkins Furuichi <[...]>
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.
-- full review featured on The Mom Egg:[...]
"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.