Monster Portraits

Monster Portraits

Relentlessly original and brilliantly hybrid, Monster Portraits investigates the concept of the monstrous through a mesmerizing combination of words and images. An uncanny autobiography of otherness, it offers the record of a writer in the realms of the fantastic shot through with the memories of a pair of mixed-race children growing up Somali-American in the 1980s. Operat Relentlessly original and brilliantly hybrid, Monster Portraits investigates the concept of the monstrous through a mesme...

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Title:Monster Portraits
Author:Sofia Samatar
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:Monster Portraits
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:78 pages pages

Monster Portraits Reviews

  • Noemi
    Jun 17, 2018
    Short and powerful. ...
  • Abby
    Apr 17, 2018
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  • DMS
    Apr 21, 2018
    http://dms.booklikes.com/post/1652938... ...
  • Ayşe Bucak
    Sep 06, 2018
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  • Wm
    Jul 26, 2018
    Elusive, allusive, stunning (in all sense of the word), and, yes, I expected that from Sofia Samatar, but the illustrations by her brother Del have the same qualities, which means the illustrations and the text play off of and augment each other so that it really is a conversation betw...
  • Miriam
    Aug 21, 2018
    In the realm of language, the opposite of a monster is a catalogue. Everything I've read by Samatar has been excellent, but this is amazing. I've read it three times in three months and liked it more each time, and gotten new things out of it. Now I guess I'll go read all her oth...
  • Miriam
    Jun 08, 2018
    Actual review, finally: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... And author photo: [Edit: I totally failed to post updates the second time, too. Third time's the charm!] I'm going to reread this immediately. It will probably get 5 stars the second time. I'll try to post upd...
  • M.
    Jun 16, 2018
    Sofia Samatar continues to be a genius -- this is in part, reworking / updating of Borges' Book of Imaginary Beings, in part a highly idiosyncratic, somewhat collaborative memoir, in part a collection of obliquely linked stories; definitely a conceptual project. Unnervingly gorgeous wr...
  • Allison Floyd
    May 03, 2018
    The illustrations alone make this worth picking up. Stay for the words! ...
  • Anne
    Mar 13, 2018
    This book was unlike anything I?ve ever read before and I thoroughly enjoyed every magical minute of it. It is poetry, part personal essay, part research, part myth making, and part myth unraveling?complemented by the most imaginative and detailed illustrations. It?s truly a trea...
  • Ariestess
    Jul 30, 2018
    What a truly fascinating book! It combines ficlets with gorgeously evocative artwork in a way that make me want to read more and more. I think my favorite pieces are "The Green Lady," "The Clan of the Claw," and "Monsters of Compassion." The first two are particularly hard in hitting h...
  • Seana
    May 11, 2018
    Unique. My full review is here. ...
  • Sean
    Apr 21, 2018
    A deft meditation on otherness, racial violence, gender and sexual oppression. Part poetry, part autobiography, part academic discourse, Samatar explores the definition between monsters (the other) and monstrous (those acts often perpetuated against the other) and where the lines blur ...
  • Nadine
    Jun 30, 2018
    I have no idea what I just read, but it was a nice, incantatory little trip with these siblings. Liked the illustrations- his tattoo art must be amazing. The swoony publisher's description of a 'breathless journey and ground breaking study" makes it sound portentious, and maybe it is, ...
  • Charlotte
    May 15, 2018
    very short and dense - dense with beauty, thought, emotion, quotation, love. something very moving about the structure, the reflexivity, the way it looks outwards and is led inwards. ...
  • Edward Rathke
    Jul 30, 2018
    The art in this bestiary was amazing and I think I would have preferred it, often, without the text. Samatar is a very skilled writer, but while the sentences were stellar, the content of the text as a whole was just all right. Some of the monster portraits were great, but I think ...
  • K.J. Bishop
    Mar 22, 2018
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  • Nathaniel
    May 17, 2018
    ?(To ask that something be everything. A torrent. This is to demand that a book be monstrous. To demand a monstrous book.)? breathtaking, as always. ...
  • Ben
    Aug 10, 2018
    Mesmerizing words, mesmerizing images ...
  • Magdalena Hai
    Jul 26, 2018
    So, this tiny book was amazing. I have no words. I have only quotes. I have so many quotes. Here's two of my favorites: "Like Aristotle, Aquinas believed that all women were caused by error: weak semen, unsuitable materials, or accidents such as "winds from the south". I tried to ex...
  • Naomi
    Apr 14, 2018
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  • enricocioni
    Mar 13, 2018
    Sofia Samatar?s idea was to ?tell our lives through monsters, as the ancient Egyptians told the year through the myth of Osiris?, to which her brother Del replied, ?Sounds dope?. Sofia therefore does some research (?Most monsters, I read, have a horror of the camera, but wi...
  • Pat
    May 14, 2018
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  • Bogi Takács
    Apr 15, 2018
    This was great, but so short! I would have liked to keep on reading! Also, I spy some oblique Renee Gladman references, waaaaaahhhhhhhhh *outpouring of emotions* I have a bunch of short books to review, so I will probably put some of them together - I just wanted to quickly update m...
  • elbren
    Mar 23, 2018
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  • Fortnightlysara
    Jul 07, 2018
    Extraordinary. ...
  • Sienna
    Aug 09, 2018
    3.5 stars, and the admission that I probably need to read it another 2-3 times (alongside some of the reference material) to properly understand its genius. When I read Sofia Samatar, I'm expecting the kind of prose I got from Stranger in Olondria: so thick and luscious you can hard...
  • Holly Walrath
    Jul 16, 2018
    Samatar has teamed up with her brother for this hybrid speculative memoir of small, almost prose-poetry entries in a field guide of a woman's experience. These are not pieces that you can read quickly or easily. They need time to rest and be fed. I have kept this book by my bedside and...
  • Gina
    May 08, 2018
    "She said she had claws on the inside too. Her heart bore a pair of claws that were useful for nothing, she told me, but scratching itself." "Monsters are abjection. Monsters are the future. Monsters are sex." "I don't know. What does it even mean to embrace your nature? Surely i...
  • Minggu Legi
    Feb 27, 2018
    WOW! ...