Open Letter Books, Paperback, 9781940953489, 212pp.
Publication Date: November 15, 2016
"The novel positively emanates energetic prose, as suspense-laden tracks which retain our interest in the female Don Juan who insists on not being a female Don Juan are generously laid bare."Dag Heede, "STANDART"
Stylistically provocative, "Justine "tells the story of a young female artist whose life is upended when her house burns down with all of the paintings for her upcoming exhibit inside. With little time left to recreate everything she's lost, Justine embarks on a series of sexual escapades with a sort of doomed intensity that foreshadows the novel's final, dark twist.
Through flashbacks and fragmented memories, we see Justine as a student at the Art Academy first discovering the misogynistic order that rules the Danish art world, and later on as she constantly challenges its expectationsboth in the studio and in bed.
A personal meditation on artistic identity, the creative process, and the male-dominated art scene, the novel veers between the erotic and the savage, resulting in a spellbinding read from one of Denmark's edgiest contemporary feminist writers.
Iben Mondrup is a trained visual artist from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts who is also the author of four novels, including "Justine," its sequel, and "Godhavn."
Kerri A. Pierce has published translations from seven different languages in a variety of genresfiction and nonfiction, novel and short story. Her translation of "The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am "by Kjersti A. Skomsvold was a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.