Camilla Grudova, QMU, University of Glasgow
Tuesday 24 April 2018 – 6 p.m.
QMU, University Gardens, G12
Free admission – all welcome.
If you like your short stories ‘grotesque and very dark please come along and hear Camilla Grudova.
Camilla Grudova lives in Toronto. She holds a degree in Art History and German from McGill University. Her fiction has appeared in The White Review and Granta.
Surreal, ambitious and exquisitely conceived, THE DOLL’S ALPHABET is a collection of stories in the tradition of Angela Carter and Margaret Atwood. Dolls, sewing machines, tinned foods, mirrors, malfunctioning bodies – many images recur in stories that are in turn child-like and naive, grotesque and very dark. In ‘Unstitching’, a feminist revolution takes place. In ‘Waxy’, a factory worker fights to keep hold of her Man in a society where it is frowned upon to be Manless. In ‘Agata’s Machine’, two schoolgirls conjure a Pierrot and an angel in a dank attic room. In ‘Notes from a Spider’, a half-man, half-spider finds love in a great European city. By constantly reinventing ways to engage with her obsessions and motifs, Camilla Grudova has come up with a method for storytelling that is highly imaginative, incredibly original, and absolutely discomfiting.
‘That I cannot say what all these stories are about is a testament to their worth. They have been haunting me for days now. They have their own, highly distinct flavour, and the inevitability of uncomfortable dreams.’
— Nick Lezard, GUARDIAN
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