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Death in Her Hands af Ottessa Moshfegh
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Death in Her Hands (original 2020; udgave 2020)

af Ottessa Moshfegh (Auteur)

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"From one of our most ceaselessly provocative literary talents, a novel of haunting metaphysical suspense about an elderly widow whose life is upturned when she finds a cryptic note on a walk in the woods that ultimately makes her question everything about her new home While on her normal daily walk with her dog in the nearby forest woods, our protagonist comes across a note, handwritten and carefully pinned to the ground with a frame of stones. Her name was Magda. Nobody will ever know who killed her. It wasn't me. Here is her dead body. Our narrator is deeply shaken; she has no idea what to make of this. She is new to this area, having moved here from her longtime home after the death of her husband, and she knows very few people. And she's a little shaky even on her best days. Her brooding about this note quickly grows into a full-blown obsession, and she begins to devote herself to exploring the possibilities of her conjectures about who this woman was and how she met her fate. Her suppositions begin to find echoes in the real world, and with mounting excitement and dread, the fog of mystery starts to form into a concrete and menacing shape. But as we follow her in her investigation, strange dissonances start to accrue, and our faith in her grip on reality weakens, until finally, just as she seems to be facing some of the darkness in her own past with her late husband, we are forced to face the prospect that there is either a more innocent explanation for all this or a much more sinister one--one that strikes closer to home. A triumphant blend of horror, suspense, and pitch-black comedy, Death in Her Hands asks us to consider how the stories we tell ourselves both guide us closer to the truth and keep us at bay from it. Once again, we are in the hands of a narrator whose unreliability is well earned, only this time the stakes have never been higher"--… (mere)
Medlem:Thorntonian
Titel:Death in Her Hands
Forfattere:Ottessa Moshfegh (Auteur)
Info:Jonathan Cape (2020), Edition: 01, 272 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Delusion in Her Grasp
Review of the Penguin Audio audiobook edition (April 21, 2020) released simultaneously with the Penguin Press hardcover

I had been hoping for some sort of noirish mystery from Death in Her Hands based on its somewhat "Blue Velvet"-like opening. Instead of the severed ear found in a field in the opening of David Lynch's creepy film, in Ottessa Moshfegh's novel, her protagonist Vesta Gul finds an anonymous note while walking her dog Charlie. The note reads:Her name was Magda. Nobody will ever know who killed her. It wasn’t me. Here is her dead body.
The book however veers into unreliable narrator territory rather quickly though as elderly widow Vesta proceeds to invent an entire life story and motive and murder suspect for her imagined victim Magda. This is perhaps temporarily diverting if you like to play the game of imagining the life stories of casual strangers that you might observe on the street or while watching them in a restaurant or such. It becomes rather tedious over an 8 hour audiobook though.

Pretty quickly you realize that there isn't any actual crime and you are just going to be witnessing the increasingly wilder fantasies of Vesta about the imagined Magda. The only change of pace comes when the obsession instead diverts into the apparent disappearance of the dog Charlie. By the end you are wondering whether even the dog was imagined though. This all might be diverting if you are in the mood for it, but it quickly became tedious for me. I let my expectations get away from me which led to my disappointment, so perhaps it is all my own fault. I'll have to tag this one with an Unsatisfactory Ending Alert ™.

The narration performance by Ann Marie Lee was excellent though in this audiobook edition. I notice that Ann Marie Lee was also the narrator of the audiobook for The Woman in the Window (2018) which also had somewhat of an unreliable narrator premise and where she also did an excellent performance. Do you think perhaps narrators get typecast based on their voices? ( )
  alanteder | Aug 27, 2021 |
This starts off looking like a murder mystery, but it's a trick. The only real mystery here is the protagonist, who gradually spirals downwards after thinking she's discovered a murder. She invents a theory to explain it--out of whole cloth--and then the facts of her life seem to shift to confirm it. Or, at least, she thinks it does.

I loved Moshfegh's last two novels and her stories, but this one falls flat. Vesta's internal monologue is interesting enough but it's all there is. There's no real mystery to it, and I don't just mean the murder. There are no surprises at all; every detail is telegraphed ahead of time, and there's no interesting path to get there. It's not fleshed out enough. ( )
  arosoff | Jul 11, 2021 |
I really wanted to like this book but it was disappointing. It's a study of an elderly widow's obsession with a murder mystery she fabricates as part of her slow, lonely descent into madness. Feels like Moshfegh just published this from her old drafts to capitalize on her later success. ( )
  jiyoungh | May 3, 2021 |
In Death in her Hands, widow Vesta Gul, in her early seventies, has sold the Midwest home that she shared for many years with her husband Walter and purchased a lakeside cabin in the woods outside a town called Levant, somewhere in the Northeast. In the novel’s opening scene Vesta is walking in the woods with her dog Charlie when she finds a hand-written note carefully weighted to the ground with a few small stones. The note states, “Her name was Magda. No one will ever know who killed her. It wasn’t me. Here is her dead body.” There is no body, no sign of violence, no indication (other than the note, neatly placed where it would be discovered) that anyone other than Vesta has been in the woods. Instead of treating the note as a harmless prank or ignoring it altogether, Vesta fixates on the message and the mystery it implies, and quickly becomes obsessed. Over the days that follow, in her mind she invents a detailed narrative about Magda’s life—her family and friends, her habits and appearance, what brought her to America from her home in Belarus—and posits theories about the who, how and why of Magda’s murder. It doesn’t take long for Magda’s fate to become Vesta's chief concern, dislodging practical needs like food and sleep. Much of the rest of the novel is an internal monologue in which Vesta attributes a possible role in the crime to almost everyone she knows of or subsequently encounters in Levant. It is not far into the story that we begin to suspect that Vesta is damaged goods and that Moshfegh’s novel is describing—in terms vivid, harrowing and often absurd—the unraveling of one woman’s mind. What happened to Magda? Vesta wonders. But the reader can’t help but wonder, What happened to Vesta? Other than Charlie, Vesta is alone. The cabin (formerly a woodland camp site for girl scouts) is isolated. She has no telephone. Her car is unreliable. She is circumspect in her dealings with other people and slow to trust. There is no other family. She and Walter had no children. Initially, her memories of Walter are fond. But as the story progresses and she recalls events from their long marriage, her memories darken and an understanding dawns that he was a controlling manipulator who demeaned her at every opportunity and imposed unreasonable limits on her associations and activities, and that for much of their time together she felt like a prisoner. Resentful and angry over her wasted life, she retaliates by throwing the urn containing Walter’s ashes into the lake. In the end, Vesta goes to a very dark place where she completely closes herself off from the people of Levant and is consumed by imaginary conspiracies. Even her relationship with Charlie becomes fraught. Like Eileen and My Year of Rest and Relaxation, and some of the stories in Homesick for Another World, the novel describes the unhappy misadventures of a lone female character isolated by choice or circumstance and pushed to extreme behaviours. In her previous books Moshfegh’s self-destructive protagonists compulsively self-medicate and seek release in oblivion. The difference with Death in her Hands is that Vesta Gul has already passed the point of no return when the novel begins. The premise is intriguing, but instead of endowing Vesta with the kind of emotional depth that would give us a reason to care what happens to her, the author relies too much on weirdness to carry the reader through to the end. Ottessa Moshfegh’s investigation of a deeply disturbed human soul is undeniably compelling and suspenseful, but the hollowness at its core leaves the reader somewhat frustrated. ( )
  icolford | Mar 28, 2021 |
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"From one of our most ceaselessly provocative literary talents, a novel of haunting metaphysical suspense about an elderly widow whose life is upturned when she finds a cryptic note on a walk in the woods that ultimately makes her question everything about her new home While on her normal daily walk with her dog in the nearby forest woods, our protagonist comes across a note, handwritten and carefully pinned to the ground with a frame of stones. Her name was Magda. Nobody will ever know who killed her. It wasn't me. Here is her dead body. Our narrator is deeply shaken; she has no idea what to make of this. She is new to this area, having moved here from her longtime home after the death of her husband, and she knows very few people. And she's a little shaky even on her best days. Her brooding about this note quickly grows into a full-blown obsession, and she begins to devote herself to exploring the possibilities of her conjectures about who this woman was and how she met her fate. Her suppositions begin to find echoes in the real world, and with mounting excitement and dread, the fog of mystery starts to form into a concrete and menacing shape. But as we follow her in her investigation, strange dissonances start to accrue, and our faith in her grip on reality weakens, until finally, just as she seems to be facing some of the darkness in her own past with her late husband, we are forced to face the prospect that there is either a more innocent explanation for all this or a much more sinister one--one that strikes closer to home. A triumphant blend of horror, suspense, and pitch-black comedy, Death in Her Hands asks us to consider how the stories we tell ourselves both guide us closer to the truth and keep us at bay from it. Once again, we are in the hands of a narrator whose unreliability is well earned, only this time the stakes have never been higher"--

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