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The Weight of Things
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"Fritz won the Kafka Prize in 2001 and her work, like his, is both deeply upsetting and profound. Her translator writes in his 'Afterword' that 'there is a class of artists whose work is so strange and extraordinary that it eschews all gradations of the good and the mediocre: genius and madness are the only descriptors adequate to its scale, ' and he situates Fritz quite forcefully in this class. He seems to be correct." CHICAGO TRIBUNE "A harrowing book about the horrors of motherhood, jealousy, and war trauma." KIRKUS REVIEWS "Not an easy read, but surely an important one." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "If the presentation, shifting back and forth across the years and events, seems at first confusing it ultimately works very well, and what seems like a low-intensity narrative comes to pack a devastating punch." THE COMPLETE REVIEW "Fritz's poetic auscultation of this weight, this madness, is absolutely astounding, both in its scope and its subtlety. It is difficult to summarize her methods, as they are woven so seamlessly into the narrative: its pacing, its movement through time, coalescing into a sensory experience. She describes a palpable environment of disorientation and loss, set against a tapestry of gray skies, war-ruined structures, and dark woods into which people disappear." ENTROPY "Starts out simply and gently and then wades into resonant darkness. A tiny, shattering masterpiece." BRIAN EVENSON

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