The Unmapped Country by Ann Quin

The Unmapped Country cover
'One of our greatest ever novelists.'
Lee Rourke, The Guardian

Author:
Ann Quin

Price: £10/$15.95 (print); £5/$8 (ebook)

Format:
B format paperback

ISBN:
9781911508144

eBook ISBN:
9781911508151

Original language:

Published by:
And Other Stories

Publication date:
18 January 2018

This new collection of rare and unpublished writing by the cult 1960s author Ann Quin explores the risks and seductions of going over the edge. The stories cut an alternative path across innovative twentieth-century writing, bridging the world of Virginia Woolf and Anna Kavan with that of Kathy Acker and Chris Kraus.

More Information

  • If you had subscribed to And Other Stories before 12 June 2017, you would have received a first edition copy of the book – in which all subscribers are thanked by name – before its official publication, as well us up to five other And Other Stories titles per year. Find out about subscribing to upcoming titles here.
  • You can read writers including Deborah Levy, Joanna Walsh, Juliet Jacques and Danielle Dutton on Ann Quin in Music & Literature No. 7.
  • Jennifer Hodgson’s introduction to The Unmapped Country can be read in the New Statesman.
  • Read an excerpt from Quin’s unpublished novel fragment ‘The Unmapped Country’ in the Times Literary Supplement.

Praise for The Unmapped Country

  • ‘Spanning the author’s entire career, The Unmapped Country builds up a portrait of the artist as a restless spirit, forever adventuring into the unknown. The diversity on display is impressive . . . her work is as open-ended as those sentences she regularly produced that trail off into silence, casting a spell instead of spelling out; floating away on their reserve of potentiality.’ Andrew Gallix, The Guardian
  • ‘Exuberance and humanity blossom from Quin’s prose, which is also very funny . . . Although you can detect Virginia Woolf’s legacy here, there is a contemporary truth about Quin’s work, a desire to dwell in her own experiences.’ Ben Lawrence, The Telegraph
  • ‘Even when recounting despair, Quin’s prose is as sharp as a deadly blade, flashing between light and dark with arresting effect. Reintroducing this exciting, important writer to the world is the perfect start to And Other Stories’ year of publishing women.’ Lucy Scholes, Financial Times
  • ‘[Quin’s] militant refusal to compromise flavours her writing: you either take her on her own terms, or not at all. [Her writing is] richer and stranger than the satisfactions of mainstream fiction.’ Jonathan Coe, The Spectator
  • The Unmapped Country is an ideal title [for the collection]: Quin set off in search of unknown pleasures, a sensual experience of words and life both intimate and distant. What slight and elusive treasures she discovered there, what precious fragments.’ Ian Maleney, Irish Times
  • ‘Quin nails bleak locales . . . with descriptions of bathetic infidelities in seedy seaside towns, moments where the fantasy of an encounter or relationship and its squalid reality are at odds, and nothing is ever satisfactory.’ Julia Jordan, Times Literary Supplement
  • ‘Quin’s short fiction is rightly reclaimed and republished by And Other Stories, and Jennifer Hodgson has done us a service by gathering these stories together. ‘The Unmapped Country’ is a tantalizing read.’ Josie Mitchell, Los Angeles Review of Books
  • ‘When I took piano lessons as a child, I was taught how to play notes staccato, striking each one with a quick hit of the key; such is the prose of Ann Quin. She writes a third-person narrative that silkily slides, in the style of stream of consciousness, through the heads of her characters. I’m chagrinned that it took me this long to find her work.’ Lauren Kane, Paris Review
  • ‘Ann Quin’s work is so criminally (and inexplicably) under-read that it’s hard not to want to stand up for her again and again . . . These lost-and-found stories showcase her huge stylistic range.’ Danielle Dutton, Electric Literature
  • The Unmapped Country assembles Quin’s previously-uncollected shorter works, and should give readers a fuller sense of Quin’s tremendous power as a writer.’ Tobias Carroll, Vol. 1 Brooklyn
  • ‘Like that of Kathy Acker, Quin’s work from decades ago still reads as tremendously ahead of its time. The Unmapped Country is a potential treasure trove for those who seek unexpected ways of viewing the greater world.’ tor.com
  • ‘Quin’s is a voice that should be more widely read and discussed; hopefully this book will help contribute to a Quin renaissance.’ Lithub
  • ‘A collection of such stylistic diversity that I can’t help but pay homage to the drive that kept Quin pushing further and further into an “unmapped country” of writing.’ Terry Pitts, Vertigo

Praise for Ann Quin

  • ‘After her death in 1973 at only 37, Ann Quin’s star first dipped beneath the horizon, disappearing from view entirely, before rising slowly but persistently, to the point that it’s now attaining the septentrional heights it always merited. I suspect that she’ll eventually be viewed, alongside BS Johnson and Alexander Trocchi, as one of the few mid-century British novelists who actually, in the long term, matter.’ Tom McCarthy
  • ‘Ann Quin is a master painter of interiors, of voices that mosaic as they catch the light at strange, stirring angles.’ Chloe Aridjis
  • ‘Rare enough is a book that begins by stating its intention—rarer still one that proceeds to do seemingly everything it can to avoid following the path its intention has laid.’ Danielle Dutton
  • ‘She is one of our greatest ever novelists. Ann Quin’s was a new British working-class voice that had not been heard before: it was artistic, modern, and – dare I say it – ultimately European.’ Lee Rourke, The Guardian
  • ‘Quin works over a small area with the finest of tools… every page, every word gives evidence of her care and workmanship.’ New York Times
  • ‘Vividly intense and almost palpably immediate.’ Irish Times
  • ‘Quin understood she was on to something new and she took herself seriously, in the right way; she had a serious sense of her literary purpose.’ Deborah Levy
  • ‘One of Britain’s most adventurous post-war writers. Psychologically dark and sexually daring, Quin’s relentlessly experimental prose reads like nobody else.’ Juliet Jacques
  • ‘A working-class voice from England quite unlike any other.’ Giles Gordon
  • ‘Despite ongoing rumours of a B.S. Johnson revival, I feel our attention could be more usefully directed towards Ann Quin.’ Stewart Home, in 69 Things to do with a Dead Princess
  • ‘Quin’s prose never falters; it’s stunning.’ Caitlin Youngquist, The Paris Review
  • ‘The most naturally and delicately gifted novelist of her generation.’ The Scotsman
  • ‘Quin was a writer ahead of her time; 30 years later, [her writing] still feels fresh and exciting.’ Publishers Weekly
  • ‘Quin uses carefully crafted imagery to stimulate the reader’s subconscious.’ Booklist
  • ‘Quin tosses out hefty dashes of mordant humor and caustic wit.’ Library Journal
  • ‘[Quin’s] style and imagination is captivating, elevating, even when fixated on nastiness; it suggests rather than states how writing could lift her out of these surroundings.’ Manchester Review of Books

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