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Verse in Arabic Paperback – April 22, 2013
About the Author
Czech-American author Birgitte Rasine writes literary fiction that pulls the beauty and the pain of the human experience out into the open by their very roots. It’s raw, it’s resolute, and it’s real. Every story Birgitte writes is born from an actual event or experience and probes the deeper, if inconvenient, truths about the human psyche and modern society. Compared by some to Franz Kafka, James Joyce, and Edgar Allan Poe, Birgitte’s work leaves you doubting whether the ground you’ve been walking on is really as solid as you thought. In addition to her writing, Birgitte serves as the Chief Evolution Officer (CEO) of LUCITÀ Inc., a hybrid design and communications firm. Birgitte holds a BA in Film Aesthetics from Stanford University, studied cinematography at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, and completed a professional masters degree in international relations in Spanish at the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset in Madrid, Spain. She is a Founding Circle member of the Association of Women in Water, Energy and the Environment, as well as member of other professional organizations, and sits on the board of directors of the American Fund for Czech and Slovak Leadership Studies, a non profit organization in New York City dedicated to supporting the leaders of tomorrow. She lives in Northern California with her family.
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The author never fails to capture the imagination with her beautiful prose. I look forward to reading more of her books in the future!
I was not disappointed. Her language, and the style of having a story told by one of the participants, reminds me of that old volume. I loved the way she sets up the mystery, from the unmarked house where the narrator meets the story-teller, to the dark corridor, and even the out-of place mint tea brought by the housekeeper. Her language is lush and perfect for the time period. Just read a quote like this:
Spain had forged her reputation with the blood of her own sons and daughters, and dragged her honor through the mud of political convenience and moral hypocrisy. And as any persona carrying an excess of her own importance, she was bloated with a blind and incompetent bureaucracy-- its clerks and administrators made Don Quixote look like a professor of nuclear physics.
Rasine does a beautiful job of using the doctor's formal manner of speech to bring us into a time when educated people spoke formally.
The story drew me in as it built, layering one strange fact after another. I read this novella twice. The first time, I felt disappointed by the ending, but now I am not so sure that I need to know everything. Just as Poe left so much to one's imagination, so Rasine leaves me wanting to read it yet again, to search for the little clues dropped here and there about who the murdered girl was, and what happened to her.
Only two tiny details bothered me a little. At the beginning, Rasine used a narrative device: the journalist says he was too absorbed in his thoughts to notice the scenery as the driver takes him to his destination. But, if he's so absorbed, how can he describe this scene? And later, the journalists comments that he's very observant. The other tiny detail is that way too many characters have 'olive skin.'
I could easily read this over and over, it's so beautiful and interesting. This story should appeal to anyone over the age of six or seven.
I received a free copy of this novella from Storycartel in exchange for my honest opinion and review.
It is a tale told almost entirely by an accused murderer. So it is a long monologue; no "action" no conventional "plot" save the one in the story he tells. And yet, the readers is spellbound, and confounded, 'til the very end.
Rasine is a master wordsmith, whose prose is graceful and poetic, yet efficient and, for that reason, effective. Every word counts, and you'll hang on every word as well.
I may have to rethink my aversion to mysteries--especially if they're written by Birgitte Rasine.