The Unmapped Country by Ann Quin

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

Ann Quin

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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This new collection of rare and unpublished writing by the cult 1960s author Ann Quin explores the risks and seductions of going over the edge.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.

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  • You can read writers including Deborah Levy, Joanna Walsh, Juliet Jacques and Danielle Dutton on Ann Quin in Music & Literature No. 7.

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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