Posts Tagged ‘suicide’

New interview with Jason Hrivnak

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

“Just a few days before the (Canadian) launch, the Quebec writer Nelly Arcan killed herself and that shook me badly because her work had been special to me. She was one of only a handful of people whose esteem I’d have cared about one way or another. And this wasn’t simply a question of degree, of her standing at the peak of a hierarchy of writers into whose hands I’d dreamed of placing the book. She was a nonpareil, one of a kind, and when she was gone from the picture, when she was devoured by the exact same destructive forces that I was fighting against in my work, I had a sense of total waste, a sense that I was flinging the book out into the desert. I probably didn’t work hard enough to ensure the book’s success because the silence that greeted it felt just.”


Full interview (French-language) >

Review by I Read Odd Books

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

“The way Hrivnak constructed his book forces you to interact with the text in a manner that forbids passivity and can defy understanding unless you are willing to work hard. The content is also so very specific and tied to an extremity of experience that could, for some readers, be alienating.

That having been said, I think you should read this book. This isn’t House of Leaves level ergodic. This is a book that can be completed in one sitting, if you don’t mind the feeling of being flayed now and then.”


full review: I Read Odd Books >

The Plight House featured at Blackberry Books

Monday, April 26th, 2010

“With this novel, Jason Hrivnak will reach inside you and pull your heart out. The unnamed narrator takes us on a deeply personal journey after learning of the suicide of his childhood best friend. This doesn’t read like a typical novel and therein lies its strength — Hrivnak doesn’t follow conventions of style or narrative and this allows him to reach new depths and heights of despair, hope, passion and pain.”


Blackberry Books >