Books of the Year (#3): Sara Stridsberg

by on Dec.26, 2010

And when we started Montevidayo I wrote a post about trauma, Shutter Island and Sara Stridsberg (includes translated excerpt from The Dream Department):

“There is plenty of trauma in the book (she’s raped by stepdad for example), but the trauma doesn’t explain the hallucinatory vignettes, doesn’t turn them into symptoms of the trauma. The trauma saturates the vignettes. Solanas comes off as a courageous person, and the vignettes are beautiful and traumatic. These two (trauma, beauty) are of course not as separate as they are often imagined. It becomes an absolutely absorbing book about feminism, hysteria, violence; a kind of hagiography of sorts, in which Marilyn Monroe, Sylvia Plath, Ulrike Meinhof and Valerie Solanas are all connected as violent women martyred by the patriarchy.”

[I’m thinking about another post having to do with the relationship of trauma and contemporary wound culture and digital media, so I’ll probably dig this post up again soon.]

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