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The Doll's Alphabet

The Doll's Alphabet

By Camilla Grudova
Categories: Fiction
Paperback : 9781552453582, 160 pages, October 2017
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770565470, 168 pages, October 2017
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770565487, 168 pages, October 2017

Short stories from an unholy marriage of Angela Carter, Sheila Heti, and H. P. Lovecraft.

Dolls, sewing machines, tinned foods, mirrors, malfunctioning bodies – by constantly reinventing ways to engage with her obsessions and motifs, Camilla Grudova has built a universe that's highly imaginative, incredibly original, and absolutely discomfiting. The stories in The Doll's Alphabet are simultaneously childlike and naive, grotesque and very dark.


‘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.’
– Guardian

‘Grudova's style is an exotic cocktail: three parts magic realism, two parts dystopian, and a splash of extreme feminism. However, there is a playful intelligence driving these weird stories and a real talent that can't be dismissed - even when she seems most eccentric.’
– Daily Mail

‘Grudova's prose is both elegant and nonchalant, offering horrific imagery as if nothing were untoward, and a feminist subtext colours almost every story.'
– Buzz Mag

‘This doll's eye view is a total delight and surveys a world awash with shadowy wit and exquisite collisions of beauty and the grotesque.’
– Helen Oyeyemi, author of Boy, Snow, Bird

‘Down to its most particular details, The Doll's Alphabet creates an individual world – a landscape I have never encountered before, which now feels like it was been waiting to be captured, and waiting to captivate, all along.’
– Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be?

‘Marvellous. Grudova understands that the best writing has to pull off the hardest aesthetic trick – it has to be both memorable and fleeting.’
– Deborah Levy, author of Hot Milk