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ISBN 978-0-9573266-8-2
 first published September 2013; 84 pp
paperback with endpapers; 198 x 129 mm

£8.99
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Alba Arikha was born and grew up in Paris; she now lives in London. She has published a novel, Muse, and a short-story collection, Walking on Ice. Her memoir about growing up in Paris, Major/Minor, was selected among the ‘Best Books of 2012’ by The New Yorker. She is also a singer/songwriter, and has recorded a CD of her songs, Dans les rues de Paris.
 
Alba Arikha,  Soon

 
 Soon has the freshness of an eye-witness report and  yet travels in many directions – in time and space, by train and by memory, by image and by imagination. A beautiful achievement.’
     – Adam Zagajewski


‘One hopes, one hunts, for a book that resembles nothing one has read before. Alba Arikha’s Soon is not only a true original, it’s beautiful, moving, and, yes, profound. Which makes it a rare creature indeed.’
      – Michael Cunningham

An hour outside Paris, a train comes to an unscheduled stop. As the other passengers bicker, confide, flirt, the narrator remembers – lovers, disappointments, marriage. She talks with Chopin and models for Modigliani. The boundaries of self are dissolved by imagination and memory, until the journey resumes and another life ends.

Multum in parvo: so musical; such darting observation and tender understanding; such rich seams of memory and imagination. Above all, such awareness of our need to connect, such sheer openness to the joy and pain of being fully alive.’
     – Kevin Crossley-Holland


‘Lucid, tender and hypnotic ... This is a beautiful book, all the more rich for being spare, a book to pick up again and again, as one might pick up a smooth, polished stone, for its satisfactions and its mysteries.’
      – Rupert Thomson

An edited version of Soon, with music by Tom Smail, was performed as an opera at the Riverside Studios, London, in August 2013.


Praise for Alba Arikha’s Major/Minor (2011):

‘This is a fiercely honest and compelling account of what it is to grow up in an artistic household, and of the joys and miseries involved in the forging of an independent spirit.’
      – John Banville

‘An unusally affecting book about the rage and rebellion of a stormy adolescence ... I read it straight through, unable to stop.’
      – Paul Auster

‘The ability to let prose ease into poetry, as Arikha does here, is rare.’
      – Natasha Lehrer, Times Literary Supplement