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Notes on a War-Torn Childhood (Electric Literature's Recommended Reading) by Sara Novi Online



Notes on a War-Torn Childhood (Electric Literature's Recommended Reading)

Notes on a War-Torn Childhood (Electric Literature's Recommended Reading)

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  • Language : English
  • Page : 13 pages


Novi s stories are sharp, dark, full of urgency and rich with the comedy of despair, writes author Justin Taylor in his introduction to this issue of Electric Literature s Recommended Reading What follows is a vivid and bracing tale of survival, as Novi shows us the terrible swiftness with which normal life can be obliterated a city becomes a hellscape, a child is f Novi s stories are sharp, dark, full of urgency and rich with the comedy of despair, writes author Justin Taylor in his introduction to this issue of Electric Literature s Recommended Reading What follows is a vivid and bracing tale of survival, as Novi shows us the terrible swiftness with which normal life can be obliterated a city becomes a hellscape, a child is forced to join a war Every morning we bike the wreckage formerly known as streets, each with one eye to the ground, pinpointing etnik strongholds and reporting coordinates back to the Captain They call me Red Sonja, which is a reference to a movie I ve never seen, but one which they assure me is badass Badass, indeed Sara Novi s is a powerful, original, and compelling new voice one that I hope and expect will be with us for a long time, and which it is my privilege to recommend to you today Author s Bio Sara has lived in the States and Croatia and lives now in New York City She studied fiction and literary translation in the MFA at Columbia University, where she is currently a teaching fellow instructing a human rights themed essay writing course Her work has appeared in the Minnesota Review, LA Review of Books, Blunderbuss, and Circumference She is also the founding editor of the Deaf rights and education blog Redeafined She is at work on her first novel, which will be published by Random House in 2015 About the Guest Editor Justin Taylor is the author of The Gospel of Anarchy and Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever His next book, Flings, is forthcoming from Harper Collins in July 2014 He teaches at Columbia University, N.Y.U., and the Pratt Institute He lives in Brooklyn, NY and at About the Publisher Electric Literature is an independent publisher working to ensure that literature remains a vibrant presence in popular culture Electric Literature s weekly fiction magazine, Recommended Reading, invites established authors, indie presses, and literary magazines to recommended great fiction Once a month we feature our own recommendation of original, previously unpublished fiction, accompanied by a Single Sentence Animation Single Sentence Animations are creative collaborations the author chooses a favorite sentence and we commission an artist to interpret it Stay connected with us through email, Facebook, and Twitter, and find previous Electric Literature picks in the Recommended Reading archives


Author Sara Novi

Sara Novi is author of the novel GIRL AT WAR, Random House , an American Library Association award winner that s available in 13 languages AMERICA IS IMMIGRANTS, new, illustrated nonfiction, is coming in 2019 She lives in Philadelphia You can visit her on the web at




Notes on a War-Torn Childhood (Electric Literature's Recommended Reading) Reviews (6)

  • Sharp, violent and beautifully immoral, the story follows two children who become ruthless soldiers in order to survive a war that has distorted their world completely. [..]

  • Notes is an excellent example of Novi s detached narration style, which I think works well in the war zone setting She gives you blunt, raw detail with very little emotional description, she lets her readers determine the emotional weight.Most of the details in Notes are reused in Girl at War which [..]

  • Beautiful and poignant. [..]

  • Punchy and hard hitting. [..]

  • The following notes were taken from this book When I think of my own weapon I remember not its power but its weight, disproportionately heavy against my own 27 kilos In the morning I run to my best friend Davor s house When I get there I double back, thinking I ve missed it, the landscape rendered u [..]

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