Die, My Love
Resource: retail edition from thirdpartyMan Booker International 2018 longlistIn a forgotten patch of French countryside, a woman is battlingher demons embracing exclusion yet wanting to belong, cravingfreedom whilst feeling trapped, yearning for family life but at thesame time wanting to burn the entire house down. Given surprisingleeway by her family for her increasingly erratic behaviour, shenevertheless feels ever more stifled and repressed. Motherhood,womanhood, the banality of love, the terrors of desire, theinexplicable brutality of another person carrying your heartforever Die, My Love faces all this with a raw intensity. It s nota question of if a breaking point will be reached, but rather whenand how violent a form will it take?This is a brutal, wild book it s impossible to come out fromreading Ariana Harwicz unscathed. The language of Die, My Love cutslike a scalpel even as it attains a kind of cinematic splendour,evoking the likes of John Cassavetes, David Lynch, Lars von Trierand John Ford. In a text that explores the destabilising effects ofpassion and its absence, immersed in the psyche of a femaleprotagonist always on the verge of madness, in the tradition ofSylvia Plath and Clarice Lispector, Harwicz moulds language,submitting it to her will in irreverent prose. Bruising andconfrontational, yet anchored in an unapologetic beauty andlyricism, Die, My Love is a unique reading experience that quicklybecomes addictive.