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Berg (British Literature) Paperback – December 1, 2001
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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"A vividly intense and almost palpably immediate work of imagination." -- Irish Times
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"If you don't read it then you're not interested in the present and possible future of the English novel." -- Scotsman
"The style is eclectic enough to remind the reader of the New Wave, Beckett, Pinter, and Freud with a headache." -- Library Journal
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Ann Quin's first novel was a big success in 1964 & remains her best known book. The plot is a characteristic 60s mix of lowlife absurd (Beckett, Pinter) & symbolism (Freud, Laing). In one scene the drunken father tries to rape the son who has dressed up in the father's mistress's clothes! And then there's some creepy perversity concerning a ventriloquist's dummy.... Although of its time & betraying some of the over-ripe awkwardness of a first novel, the extraordinary quality of Ann Quin's writing retains its disturbing power today. If you find the attempts of today's Brat novelists to write "on the edge" laughably obvious & shallow, then read some Ann Quin for the real thing.
It is a most wonderful book. She writes terrific prose and the novel has great momentum. I did not find it sad or depressing. The narrator, Berg, is probably quite crazy so don't expect everything to make sense! I think there are more than hints of "The Master and Margarita" and some Becket stories here, but I find Becket's Frenchfied "ennui" really irritating these days. Berg has a thrust and even joy (in the writing) that Becket never managed (or even tried!)