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The Harvesters af Jasmina Odor
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The Harvesters (udgave 2024)

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"Set in Paris, an offbeat and sweet novel about family, loss and recovery, and the magic of memory. When Mira takes a trip to Paris with her nephew, Bernard, she expects to ride bicycles through the picturesque streets and admire the parks and courtyards. But the trip takes a different turn when the two travellers try to rescue an injured pigeon from the sidewalk, and their journey becomes one of addressing the losses that define their lives. Mira is recently divorced and facing a childless (or is it child-free?) future; Bernard has lost his first love and is grappling with his responsibility in the relationship's demise. Both are living in the shadows of war, immigration, and family disconnection as they prepare to travel on to Croatia, the country Mira left behind during the Yugoslav Wars. But for now: Paris. Mira and Bernard move through a city that feels both familiar and strange -- this is not merely the Paris of postcards, but a Paris of dubious one-star hotels and immigrants and labourers and taxi drivers and Eiffel Tower trinket vendors. And yet it's still a city that possesses an undeniable magic, where one might glimpse intriguing strangers or stumble upon past lovers. Thoughtful and witty, The Harvesters is infused with subtle beauty and the magic of memory."-- Provided by publisher.… (mere)
Medlem:icolford
Titel:The Harvesters
Forfattere:Jasmina Odor (Forfatter)
Info:Freehand Books (2024), 269 pages
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Vurdering:****1/2
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The Harvesters, Jasmina Odor’s luminous debut novel, depicts Mira and her nephew Bernard’s brief visit to Paris through Mira’s inquiring, meditative perspective. Mira and Bernard are both suffering the effects of recent losses. In her forties, childless and recently divorced from David, Mira’s past is very much on her mind. The purpose of the journey is to visit Mira’s mother—Bernard’s grandmother—in Croatia, which Mira fled during the war, eventually settling in Canada. Mira’s father has died, and her mother recently suffered a stroke, so Mira’s level of concern is elevated. The 3-night Paris stopover was Bernard’s idea, a chance for him to revisit the site of a trip he took the previous year with girlfriend Aisha while he broods over their subsequent breakup and his role in what happened. But Mira also has a hidden motive: visiting Paris gives her a chance to perhaps reconnect with Mirko, a boyfriend from the years prior to her marriage, with whom she lost contact but has now tracked down via the internet. Mira has a high opinion of her nephew and regards him as a gentle and painfully self-aware young man whose heart is easily broken. Indeed, their initial foray into the Paris streets hits a detour when they come across an injured pigeon, which Bernard insists they must bring to the hotel and nurse back to health. To Mira, Bernard seems to be at a loose end, undecided about his future and still wistfully in love with Aisha (constantly checking his phone to see if his ex is responding to his texts). But Mira is also perplexed by Bernard’s behaviour, when he seeks an intimate connection with every young woman he meets, including a hotel maid and Alice, the daughter of an American family staying at the same hotel. For her own part, Mira seems stuck in the hollow space between her new and old lives, puzzling over a divorce she’s not sure she even wanted, wondering where David is and what he’s doing, and distracted by concerns regarding her mother’s health and welfare. With limpid, arresting prose, Jasmina Odor captures the restlessness of two characters nostalgic for a safe, settled past, wanting more but wary of moving forward into a future that holds so many unknowns. Like her previous book, the brilliant story collection You Can’t Stay Here (2017), this is a sophisticated, moving and psychologically probing work brimming with insightful observations on loss, transition, and the thorny—sometimes baffling—intricacies of the human heart. With The Harvesters, her first novel, Jasmina Odor proves herself to be a writer of the first order whose fiction is worth seeking out and is sure to reward repeated readings. ( )
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"Set in Paris, an offbeat and sweet novel about family, loss and recovery, and the magic of memory. When Mira takes a trip to Paris with her nephew, Bernard, she expects to ride bicycles through the picturesque streets and admire the parks and courtyards. But the trip takes a different turn when the two travellers try to rescue an injured pigeon from the sidewalk, and their journey becomes one of addressing the losses that define their lives. Mira is recently divorced and facing a childless (or is it child-free?) future; Bernard has lost his first love and is grappling with his responsibility in the relationship's demise. Both are living in the shadows of war, immigration, and family disconnection as they prepare to travel on to Croatia, the country Mira left behind during the Yugoslav Wars. But for now: Paris. Mira and Bernard move through a city that feels both familiar and strange -- this is not merely the Paris of postcards, but a Paris of dubious one-star hotels and immigrants and labourers and taxi drivers and Eiffel Tower trinket vendors. And yet it's still a city that possesses an undeniable magic, where one might glimpse intriguing strangers or stumble upon past lovers. Thoughtful and witty, The Harvesters is infused with subtle beauty and the magic of memory."-- Provided by publisher.

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