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Lapvona - Ottessa Moshfegh

Lapvona - Ottessa Moshfegh

Title: Lapvona

Author:  Ottessa Moshfegh

ISBN:  9781787333826

Weight:  768 g

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Lapvona by Ottessa Moshfegh

In a village in a medieval fiefdom buffeted by natural disasters, a motherless shepherd boy finds himself the unlikely pivot in a power struggle that puts all manner of faith to a savage test, in a spellbinding novel that represents Ottessa Moshfegh's most exciting leap yet.

Little Marek, the abused and delusional son of the village shepherd, never knew his mother; his father told him she died in childbirth.  One of life’s few consolations for Marek is his enduring bond with the blind village midwife, Ina, who suckled him when he was a baby, as she did for many of the village’s children.

Ina’s gifts extend beyond childcare: she possesses a unique ability to communicate with the natural world.  Her gift often brings her the transmission of sacred knowledge on levels far beyond those available to other villagers, however religious they might be.  For some people, Ina’s home in the woods outside the village is a place to fear and to avoid, a godless place.

Among their number is Father Barnabas, the town priest and lackey for the depraved lord and governor, Villiam, whose hilltop manor contains a secret embarrassment of riches.  The people’s desperate need to believe that there are powers that be who have their best interests at heart is put to a cruel test by Villiam and the priest, especially in this year of record drought and famine.

But when fate brings Marek into violent proximity to the lord’s family, new and occult forces upset the old order.  By year’s end, the veil between blindness and sight, life and death, the natural world and the spirit world will prove to be very thin indeed.

Named a most anticipated book of 2022 by the Guardian, Harper’s Bazaar, Times, New Statesman, Good Housekeeping, and the Daily Mail.

Peer & Press Reviews

No one is quite who he first seems in the latest wicked tale from macabre master Moshfegh…  Sculpting an eerily canny fabular world of contrasts and evil, cartoonish cruelty, in her signature way, Moshfegh conjures a grotesque, disturbing story of gross inequality and senseless strife.

Booklist (starred review)

Deliriously quirky medieval tale…  Moshfegh brings her trademark fascination with the grotesque to depictions of the pandemic, inequality, and governmental corruption, making them feel both uncanny and all too familiar.  It’s a triumph.

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

One of America’s most celebrated authors continues her exploration of what fiction has to offer with a further digression from the standard realist purview and into fantasy.  Lapvona promises to chronicle the life of Ina, a blind midwife in a medieval village. Ina’s talent doesn't stop at childcare, and allows her a special connection with the surrounding natural world.  It’s a fascinating premise…

Chicago Review of Books

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Attribute Details
Title Lapvona
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Jacket note On the front of the jacket is a ‘Signed by the author’ sticker (see image).  As the paper used for the jacket has a SuperMatt finish, WE DON’T ADVISE REMOVING THIS as it could result in a flaw known as Sticker Ghost.
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the tipped-in title page
Book Stats
Publisher Vintage Publishing
Imprint Jonathan Cape
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9781787333826
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 304
Size (h x w x d) 223 x 144 x 30mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Jake Belcher
Jacket Agnus Dei by Francisco de Zurbarán © San Diego Museum of Art / Gift of Anne R. and Amy Putnam / Bridgeman Images

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