- Sweet Days of Discipline was Fleur Jaeggy’s first novel to be translated into English, and was originally published in the UK by William Heinemann in 1991.
- Upon its Italian publication, it won the highly-regarded prizes, the Premio Bagutta and the Premio Speciale Rapallo.
- Find out more about Fleur Jaeggy and her short story collection I Am the Brother of XX.
- Read an interview with Fleur Jaeggy in Tank Magazine.
'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.'
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.’
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.’
‘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.’