Piranesi's Figures by Hannah Calder

Piranesi's Figures

  • Fiction
  • 224 pages, 6×9 inches
  • Price: $21 CAD · $19 USD
  • ISBN: 9781554201129
  • Date published: 2016-05-26
  • Availability: in print & available


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About Piranesi's Figures

"Daringly innovative story telling... A work of serious literary ambition and substantial achievement."
Vancouver Sun

"Reading Calder is to move through the world barefoot over asphalt, grass, sand and water. This is sensual, insightful writing."
Michael Turner, author of 8 X 10 and The Pornographer's Poem

Piranesi's Figures is a romp through the magnificent psychological ruins of at least two marriages and one attempt at child-rearing, and a gleefully reckless contortion of novelistic conventions, sexual practices, and family dynamics. As in her first novel, More House, Hannah Calder peers into hidden corners and under creaking beds with such relentless abandon that even her own characters bristle at her advances. The result is a dense witches-brew of storytelling, a feminist-tinged fairy-tale that drapes the dirtiest secrets of domestic wreckage and illicit love in fancy dress and commands them to twirl around for our amusement.

Praise for More House:

"A fusion, a collage, a bold endeavor of a literary work, a 'new' novel if you like."
Anakana Schofield, author of Martin John and Malarky

"Calder's prose simmers with hallucinatory heat. She is the most generous and attentive of writers, and one whose experiments crackle and blaze like wildfire."
Dodie Bellamy, author of Cunt-Ups

"Keeps you guessing, laughing and dropping your jaw at the weird insights and awesomely daring prose."
Rebecca Brown, author of The Gifts of the Body

About Hannah Calder

Hannah Calder was born in the UK and moved to Canada when she was fifteen. She has lived in Barcelona, Seoul, and Vancouver, and currently lives in Vernon, BC, where she teaches English at Okanagan College. Her first novel, More House, was published in 2009 by New Star Books.

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