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Elena Knows

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I came up with Henri after watching the news two years ago – it was nothing compared to today, but I thought back then that the world was a pretty crazy chaotic place. Elena repeats the names like she repeated the streets she has to pass to get to the station; the names keep her company while she waits. The year the teacher asked for The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor I was annoyed, imagining it was the tale of a sailor who was shipwrecked on the high seas and had to survive on a little boat, which didn’t interest me at all.

I can't think of another novel that has so deeply and intimately drawn me into the experience of someone living with a debilitating illness.

The rights to bodily autonomy become even more pronounced in the jaw-dropping final section of this novel. CP: It was hard for me to read fiction early on in the pandemic because I felt very wary about what the future would be like. Elena walked out onto Ramsay street crying, when she got into Roberto Armada’s car he asked her, What’s wrong Elena, why are you crying?

Elena, an elderly woman with Parkinson’s disease, is investigating the death of her daughter, who has been found dead in a church belfry.initially drawn to the style and format of this book with its long sentences and long paragraphs and unmarked speech.

It was raining the day Rita died, and she would never go near the bell tower on a rainy day because she was terrified of being struck by lightning. Then there were other stylistic or word-level issues that I talked about with Fionn Petch, the editor for this book, and he came up with some great, elegant solutions.When have you seen individuals exercise those choices and when have you seen those choices curtailed? Born in 1943, Ultiskaya grew up in Moscow, the daughter of Jewish parents, and entered the workforce in the 1960s as a geneticist, before a run-in with the KGB closed the lab where she worked.

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