- Paperback: 134 pages
- Publisher: Cheeky Frawg Books (June 27, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0985790407
- ISBN-13: 978-0985790400
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jagannath: Stories Paperback – June 27, 2012
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The collection opens with Beatrice, a story about the many forms love can take, but how similar the pain is when that love goes unrequited. It's also a story about birth and the love between parents and children.
In Tidbeck's stories the process of birth and the love between parents and children is often difficult and painful, but always strong and touching, as in the sad Some Letters for Ove Lindström, the beautiful Cloudberry Jam, the darkly opulent Aunts, and the fantastic title story, Jagannath, about a living mothership/hive and its relationship to the offspring that is living inside their mother.
Another theme is the mysterious, the hidden, and the uncanny, arriving in the form of strange creatures or events, as in the stories of Miss Nyberg and I, Herr Cederberg, Who Is Arvid Pekon, and in particular, Pyret. The latter being an imaginary research article and report about a mysterious shapeshifting creature which seems to evolve into something increasingly human over time as it becomes more and more familiar with people and our way of life.
Other stories draw from themes encountered elsewhere in modern speculative literature, such as Rebecka, which is about life, ethics and religion in a world after the Second Coming, and Augusta Prima, which is set in a timeless and dream-like baroque world on the edge of ours.Read more ›
Altogether certainly worth a read. Some of these stories will likely stick with you (and those that you find mediocre you'll rapidly forget, so no harm done).
It's difficult--and probably useless--to assign these stories to any particular genre or style. There are elements of Borges's academic literary fantasies and of García Márquez'a folkloric Magic Realism, of a darkly twisted Lewis Carroll and a wryly modest Kafka. And over all there is a timelessness, originality, and clarity of language that will appeal to readers of fantastic and literary fiction alike. It's the sort of book you will reread (I've been through it twice already) and lend to (or buy for) friends.
The book is getting rave reviews from sites like NPR and Publisher's Weekly and from authors like Ursula K. Le Guin, China Miéville, and Elizabeth Hand. I'm betting it will be in the running for a slew of awards in the coming year.
My biggest problem with this collection is that many of the stories are quite short; too short to really be complete stories. Rather, they are emotional sketches, without enough depth to really engage with them. The net impression is one of unevenness; the collection has some nigh-brilliant moments, with quite a few less satisfying efforts.
The best of this collection, such as the story for which the collection is named, do have an actual story arc, though once again the "nightmare-sense" of them finds me not sure what exactly it is that I've just read, or whether I'd want to read more.
Ironically, I find myself not too upset that the collection itself is short, as I'm not sure how many more of these little sketches I'd want to read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely loved reading this collection. The fairy tale aspects were dreamy and otherworldly, and it was really interesting to get a look into Scandinavian folklore.Published 1 month ago by Marissa
I picked this up after falling in love with "Cloudberry Jam" in a creative writing class and haven't been disappointed with the other stories in it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jess
Picked this up because of the introduction by Elizabeth Hand, one of my favorite authors, and it was a good decision. What a spooky, strange, excellent book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. R. Prosser
Wow! This was a really enjoyable read. The stories are fairly short and generally surreal, thought provoking, mildly dark, scary & weird; just the ticket! Highly recommended!Published 6 months ago by AndyT13
These stories are modern fiction jewels. There are scents of the masters of the weird genre, yet they bloom with a very unique and disparate imaginarium.Published 10 months ago by Nast Marrero
Mesmerizing. That's the easiest way for me to describe this collection. These are some of the most beautifully haunting short stories I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mathew
A beautiful collection of stories where the strange and the mundane intermingle, exploring the thin membrane which separates the two. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Gabriella S. Torres
If you like fantastic stories with great breath this is the collection for you. From sci-fi to fantasy with a good chunk of Swedish culture.Published 21 months ago by C. Veenboer
I read to be swept away and Karin Tidbeck did just that with Jagganath. Each story pulled me in, the details building a world I wanted to know more but couldn't because the story... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kayla Barr