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Carole Maso. Ava Klein, thirty-nine, lover of life, world traveler, professor of comparative literature, is dying. From her hospital bed on this, her. All articles below are freely available for dowload as PDF documents. Contents: Approaches to Carole Maso’s AVA Monica Berlin Textual Bodies: Carole Maso’s . Looking back on her life, Ava claims tohave been “extraordinarily lucky,” but the reader is even luckierthat Carole Maso has written and Dalkey Archive has.

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Her thoughts shift from love, death, aga criticism, war, family, and doctors. It is very much up to you to put the blocks together to weave the strands of Ava’s life.

Her acts were typically parasitic, vampiric. I wrote you a thousand love letters. Francesco, a filmmaker from Rome; Anatole, lost in the air over France; Carlos, a teenager from Granada. If she wanted that for her character, she would have written a linear narrative with one clear story.

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Carole Maso – The American Woman in the Chinese Hat

In this way, Maso is asking us to read ourselves into Ava, to identify with her in ways that we did not think possible before encountering the text. It allows to grapple with the many ways in which narrative can be jaso, and it in turn breaks familiar patterns of how we read and understand literature.

AVA is unique in its blend of prose, poetry, critical theory, and narrative. This novel is experimental as it takes prose to a whole other level. Sad, but not for the reasons intended. There is Danilo, her current lover, a Czech novelist, and cadole, lovers xva one night, as she sings the endless, joyous, erotic song cycles of her life, because “Dusk and the moment right before shapes are taken back is erotic.


It’s very much non-linear, often without attributions and sentence subjects.

Her first published novel was Ghost Dance, which appeared in cxrole It’s a self-sustained circlejerk, a cringe-inducing celebration of life. Feb 16, Stephen P rated it it was amazing Recommended to Stephen by: Through Ava, she earnestly attempts wva articulate a love for the world that would probably be sentimental coming from most other writers. The words of Rilke, Woolf, Beckett, and Helene Cixous also weave through the former literature professor’s memories.

What an achingly beautiful book. You are a wild one, Ava Klein.

But I do think it’s worth it. I read the rest of the work almost in one sitting, and when I finished I wept for Ava Klein, for the beauty of Maso’s language, for the beauty of life, and for mortality — my own and that of the whole living world.

Rather than grasping the narrative utilising a clear linearity of time or in the case of more traditional uses of nonlinear narrative, the ability to construct the complete text in your head as you read alongkey points in the narrative are recalled and transformed in the text often and the time flow helps build a convincing language structure of the unconscious. The president draws a line in the sand.

The voices that Maso gives Ava include voices from other authors, philosophers, poets, and people in her life, but Masi also opens the forum to include the voice of the reader.


I’m okay with this in a shorter piece, but when reading a page novel, naso if it is fragmented, I still need to have the ability to stop. Aug 20, Fluffy Singler rated it it was amazing Shelves: The lady Ava is dying.

So many lines where I just had to stop reading for a few minutes to breathe through them. Apr 24, Myriam rated it it was amazing.

Experimental Reading (and Reviewing): ‘Ava’ by Carole Maso

What remains of the shards is something mixed up and confusing, but still part of the whole. Not perhaps the menage a trois he had in mind And the smell of mushrooms–and apples. An Erotics of Contemporary American Fiction on the way. Unfortunately, or probably I missed something, from beginning to end it is pretty much the same. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes experimental, beautiful prose.

There are lines from other writers throughout, including Eliot and Paul Celan and Lorca, as well as refrains of feminist thinkers Monique Wittig and Helene Cixous and the overarching figure of Collette. I suppose the best way to put this is imagine someone’s life as a massive crystal ball that is hurled to the ground and broken up into minute pieces.