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By Naja Marie Aidt; Denise Newman (Translator)

Two Lines Press, Paperback, 9781931883382, 190pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2014

Beginning in the middle of crisis, then accelerating through plots that grow stranger by the page, Naja Marie Aidt's stories have a feel all their own. Though they are built around the common themes of sex, love, desire, and gender, Aidt pushes them into her own desperate, frantic realm. In one, a whore shows up unannounced at a man's apartment, roosts in his living room, and then violently threatens him when he tries to make her leave. In another, a wife takes her husband to a city where it is women, not men, who are the dominant sexbut was it all a hallucination when she finds herself tied to a board and dragged back to his car? And in the unforgettable Blackcurrant, two young women who have turned away from men and toward lesbianism abscond to a farm, where they discover that their neighbor's son is experimenting with his own kind of sexuality. The first book from the widely lauded Aidt to reach the English language, "Baboon" delivers audacious writing that careens toward bizarre, yet utterly truthful, realizations.

About the Author

Denise Newman is a poet and translator living in San Francisco. Her translation of The Painted Room by the Danish poet Inger Christensen was published in the fall of this year by The Harvill Press, U.K. She is the author of two chapbooks, Why Pear? (Em Press) and Of Later Things Yet to Happen (Meow Press). Her poems have appeared in Volt, apex of the M, Chain, and Five Fingers Review, where she is a staff editor. She has been a Djerassi Resident Artist, and she teaches creative writing at the California College of Arts and Crafts and at Mills College.