Fleur Jaeggy is a true original of European writing and has been translated into over twenty languages. The Times Literary Supplement named Proleterka as a Best Book of the Year, and her Sweet Days of Discipline won the Premio Bagutta and the Premio Speciale Rapallo.
'Jaeggy’s works are a translator’s dream: short, lucid and complex. Her distinctive vocabulary and syntax move elegantly and it would seem effortlessly into the English language. . . The story is deceptively simple. . . The atmosphere of an all-female community of adolescent girls is powerfully conveyed.'
The New Yorker
‘It is hard not to be impressed by Jaeggy’s own spiritual and aesthetic grandeur, which casts her stories in such a compellingly cool light. She, too, has a startling ability to go beyond: beyond the sentimental heart, the writerly niceties, the conventions that bind us, and the messy effusions of contemporary life.’
The Paris Review
‘This book is twisted and hypnotizing and, somehow, downright lovely. Reading it is not unlike diving naked and headlong into a bramble of black rosebushes, so intrigued you are by their beauty: it’s a swift, prickly undertaking, and you emerge the other end bloodied all over.’
‘The stories in Jaeggy’s collection are masterpieces of fury and restraint . . . These chilling, beguiling stories dig up reflections on solitude, regret, and sometimes even on love. It is thrilling to live in Jaeggy’s worlds, which are so intense they threaten to boil over, yet pull back just enough to keep their secrets.’
‘Jewels of intellect and compassion . . . In prismatic translation from the Italian, these tiny tales sparkle with wit and worldly wisdom.’
New York Review of Books
'Startling and original―so disturbing and so haunting.'
‘Small-scale, intense, and impeccably focused.’
Susan Salter Reynolds
‘Nothing rivals its intensity.’
‘How a novel could be so chilly and so passionate at the same time is a puzzle, but that icy-hot quality is only one of the distinctions of Sweet Days of Discipline.’
‘Jaeggy is a master of the short form . . . her stories without fail are complex and devastating. [Her] prose is superb (and as superbly translated) as ever, her characteristic desolation as self-possessed as it is recherché.’
‘‘An intensely beautiful and original collection that bristles with a strange and often disturbing magic. [...] Jaeggy is a master of the short form.’
The Big Issue
‘Jaeggy is something of an offbeat legend in European literature, and, due to her unique, askance and often disarming view of the world, a favourite of The Big Issue’s . . . Jaeggy’s genius [is to] provide an innocuous orchard setting, then hand us a magnifying glass to see the cockroaches creeping in the undergrowth. And we are transfixed.’
Publishers Weekly, starred review
‘It is thrilling to live in Jaeggy’s worlds, which are so intense they threaten to boil over, yet pull back just enough to keep their secrets.’
‘Jaeggy's astute compression of narrative detail is at once serene and startling. Beneath a placid, opalescent surface lurks a threat or violence that may or may not be realized, but which contributes to the profound impression that people and their lives are unpredictable, coursing with icy, barren wildness.’
‘She has the enviable first glance for people and things, she harbors a mixture of distracted levity and authoritative wisdom.’
‘A wonderful, brilliant, savage writer.’
‘Fleur Jaeggy’s pen is an engraver’s needle depicting roots, twigs, and branches of the tree of madness―extraordinary.’