Black Forest

Black Forest

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in France, Black Forest was published by the prestigious Editions P.O.L.Author Valerie Mrejen is also a successful filmmaker and visual artist, who has shown at Cannes and exhibited at Tate ModernShe has written five novelsBecause of her style and focus on language itself, Mrejen has been compared to Georges Perec and Nathalie SarrauteBlack Forest exemplifies the unusual, almost Oulipian style of Mrejen, as the book for the most part lacks a traditional plot, though there are recurring themes and characters. Instead, the novel is composed of vignettes that narrate deaths with a paradoxically detached intimacy- the subject is lofty, but Mrejen is never pretentious. A review in Le Monde noted the difficulty of writing about death and said that Mrejen "accomplishes in the tour de force" of successfully addressing her subject. Mrejen has said that when writing Black Forestshe was inspired by the start of "Six Feet Under" episodes. Like Mrejen's other novels, Black Forestreceived positive coverage in France's major literary publications, from L'Humanite to Le Monde.Translator Katie Assef is known for her translation of French noir fiction into English.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 127 x 178 x 5.08mm | 90.72g
  • United States
  • English
  • 1944700900
  • 9781944700904

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"Filmmaker and novelist Val#233;rie Mr#233;jen has an eye that cuts and chisels. Nothing escapes her intuitive vigilance...With her, details are isolated and become powerful revealers of truth. Between life and death, in the tradition of Nathalie Sarraute, she seeks to write in the very place where consciousness, emotion, and reason are born, and then fade... she shows that absence can also be a form of presence."-Marine Landrot, Telerama

"A sentence by Val#233;rie Mr#233;jen never pushes, rather glides along the page like on silk... Mr#233;jen puts her finger on the wound, as delicately as possible."-Eric Chevillard, Le Monde

"If Val#233;rie Mr#233;jen were only a filmmaker, she could have been called Chantal Akerman."-Jean-Luc Douin, Le Monde

Featured in Elle France as a "Top Ten" book. They raved, " [This writer] who always wields the verb with finesse and economy surprises us this time with its dark side- The subject here is death."

"A masterful and delicate book...Mr#233;jen approaches deeper waters and navigates them with a sensible and offbeat touch that lands her among the greats. " -A.N., l'Humanite
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About Valerie Mrejen

Val erie Mr ejen (b. 1969) is a writer, filmmaker, and mixed media artist. She has written five novels, most recently Troisi eme personne (2017 ), and exhibited widely in France and abroad, including in a solo retrospective at the Jeu de Paume gallery in Paris. She is an alumna of residencies at Villa Medici in Rome and Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto. Mrejen's first feature-length film, En ville, co-directed with Bertrand Schefer, was a Director's Fortnight selection at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011, and her children's play, Trois Hommes Verts, premiered at the Th e atre Gennevilliers in 2014. More information, including many of her films, can be found online at

Katie Shireen Assef is a literary translator living between Los Angeles and Arles, France. Black Forest is her first full -length translation.
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