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... ...
  • Miriam
    Jun 08, 2018
    I'm going to reread this immediately. It will probably get 5 stars the second time. I'll try to post updates and mark quotes this time. While you wait (haha) go read her story in Long Hidden. ...
  • Mark
    Mar 03, 2018
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  • 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! ...
  • Kathleen
    Aug 28, 2017
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  • 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...
  • Seana
    May 11, 2018
    Unique. My full review is here. ...
  • Erik
    May 03, 2018
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  • 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, ...
  • Mark Reed
    Apr 18, 2018
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  • 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. ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • Craig
    May 02, 2018
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  • Rachel León
    Jan 21, 2018
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  • 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. ...
  • 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! ...
  • Luz ortega
    Feb 03, 2018
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  • sucker4synth
    Jun 14, 2018
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