Kudos
2020 Longlist

Kudos

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

2020 Longlist

A woman writer visits a Europe in flux, where questions of personal and political identity are rising to the surface and the trauma of change is opening up new possibilities of loss and renewal. Within the rituals of literary culture, Faye finds the human story in disarray amid differing attitudes toward the public performance of the creative persona. She begins to identify among the people she meets a tension between truth and representation, a fissure that accrues great dramatic force as Kudos reaches a profound and beautiful climax.

In this conclusion to her ground-breaking trilogy, Cusk unflinchingly explores the nature of family and art, justice and love, and the ultimate value of suffering.

About the Author

Rachel Cusk, the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of Outline and Transit, completes the transcendent literary trilogy with Kudos, a novel of unsettling power.

Librarian’s Comments

Kudos, a plot-free but hypnotic conclusion to Rachel Cusk’s “Outline” trilogy, is a beautiful monologue where readers absorb intimate stories about peopleencountered during a literary festival. Readers drift through various encounters as the narrator observes her dining companions, literary panelists, and fellow travelers, while learning about the stories of their lives and personal troubles. Cusk’s story asks readers to ponder the question of female freedom and identity in a privileged world. Cusk’s style, a sort of weaponized passivity, is a disorienting and radical achievement. Vancouver Public Library, Canada

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Rachel
Cusk

Rachel Cusk was born in Canada in 1967 and moved to the United Kingdom in 1974. She is the author of nine novels and three works of non-fiction. She has won and been shortlisted for numerous prizes: her novel, Outline, was shortlisted for the Folio Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Baileys Prize, the Giller Prize and the Canadian Governor General’s Award. It was also picked by the New York Times as one of the top ten books of the year. In 2015 her version of Euripides’ Medea was put on at the Almeida Theatre with Rupert Goold directing and was shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Rachel Cusk was born in Canada in 1967 and moved to the United Kingdom in 1974. She is the author of nine novels and three works of non-fiction. She has won and been shortlisted for numerous prizes: her novel, Outline, was shortlisted for the Folio Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Baileys Prize, the Giller Prize and the Canadian Governor General’s Award. It was also picked by the New York Times as one of the top ten books of the year. In 2015 her version of Euripides’ Medea was put on at the Almeida Theatre with Rupert Goold directing and was shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

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