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Grudova, Camilla

Entry updated 8 August 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(?   –     ) Canadian author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Agata's Machine" in The White Review for June 2015. Much of her early work, whose abrupt surreal destabilization of normative reality have evoked comparisons with the short stories of both Margaret Atwood and Angela Carter, was assembled as The Doll's Alphabet (coll 2017); her use of Fantastika can be seen as weaponized to convey lessons (see Feminism; Women in SF). Her first novel, Children of Paradise (2022), is set in the ancient, baroque but purpose-built Paradise cinema in an abstract Edinburgh; carnivalesque encounters, and extremely detailed irradiations of the history of Cinema, generate a sense that the Zone inhabited by the large cast of the tale can almost be seen as a stage. But the world outside the text cruelly commodifies – as must be expected – anything organic in this polder. [JC]

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