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Away! Away!

By Jana Beňová & Janet Livingstone
Away! Away! by Jana Beňová & Janet Livingstone digital book - Fable

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"An elegant, postmodern fairy tale." —Jacob Hoefer, Bookseller, Labyrinth Books

Away! Away! — a new novel from Jana Beňová, winner of the European Union Prize for Literature! Sometimes running away is the bravest option. Or, so believes Rosa, who ditches her husband and home and takes off on the road. Along the way, she encounters the owner of a puppet theater who’s on a mission to conquer the world with his performance of The Snow Queen.

Which character from this old fairy tale will Rosa identify with? With Gerda, searching fruitlessly for her lost love? With Kai, who flees home and his beloved one day without a word? Or with the Snow Queen, who seems to stand aloof above it all?

With magnetic, sparkling prose, Beňová delivers a lively mosaic that ruminates on human relationships, our greatest fears and desires.

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5 Reviews

1.5
Thinking Face“I mix between prose and poetry that just didn't work for me. It just felt less then the sum of its parts. I did enjoy some of the more poetic sentences in isolation and after a stressful month for me, it was good with a short book. But it was too weird. I especially didn't enjoy the last third of the book. If anybody would like to read prose and poetry mixed in a fantastic book, I would recommend Aednan by Linnea Axelsson instead.”
Thinking Face“I didn’t understand most of this book. I started to be intrigued when Rosa left her husband for another man but her subsequent journey in the remaining portion of the book lost me. The author would callback to different parts of previous chapters which didn’t always make sense to me. And the timeline and POVs would jump around suddenly so I couldn’t tell if I was reading current time, a flashback, or who was speaking which made the plot hard to follow. While overall this novella wasn’t for me I did find some lines that I enjoyed and noted for future use.”
Original writingUnsatisfying ending
Expressionless Face“What was that? The whole time I didn't get what's going on, where she was and who was by her side.”
Fast-pacedUnsatisfying endingUnsatisfying plot
Anxious Face with sweat“I simply didn’t get it 😭”
Unpredictable
Red Angry Face“i don’t understand what this book was supposed to be? it’s like reading a bunch of little stories that are only connected by character names because i didn’t catch any other connections. i gave up on figuring out where are we and what time is it. it jumps from wholly different points that make no sense and i wasn’t even aware i read the end because it said nothing but then again what could it say when the whole book has no plot to resolve. ps maybe i’m just not the person for this book and others would enjoy it but i just didn’t enjoy the writing style at all.”
Original writingFast-pacedThought-provokingUnsatisfying endingUnsatisfying plot

About Jana Beňová

Jana Benová is one of the most acclaimed Slovakian writers, and winner of the European Union Prize for Literature. She is a poet and novelist, author of the novels Seeing People Off, Away! Away!, Parker, and Honeymoon, as well as three collections of poems.

Janet Livingstone

Janet Livingstone was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and ventured to Czechoslovakia just after the 1989 Velvet Revolution. In total, she spent 15 years in Bratislava in Slovakia. In 2003, she began translating films and plays from Slovak to English and hasn’t looked back since. Among her full-length book translations are Master your Stage Fright by Slovak master violinist Bohdan Warchal, and Piata loď (working title: Boat Number Five) by novelist Monika Kompaníková. In addition to Jana Beňová, her current translation projects include the novels The Best of All Worlds by Slovak-Swiss author Irena Brežná and The Arab World—Another Planet? by Emire Khidayer. Janet lives in Seattle with her two children and also speaks French, Italian, Russian, Spanish and elementary Japanese to anyone who will listen.

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