A brilliantly unsettling debut about male power and female passivity
Editor's Choice, August fiction, Bookseller
A work of dark, shimmering genius, which explores the toxicity of patriarchy with excoriating intelligence, verve and originality
Rebecca Tamás, author of WITCH
I cherished this moreish, dreamy, hazy novel... I know I will return many times to inhabit the world Lafarge has written so exquisitely
From the Same Author
Life Without Air
SHORTLISTED FOR THE TS ELIOT PRIZE FOR POETRY 2020
“Whip-smart, sonically gorgeous” – Rae Armantrout, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning Versed
When Louis Pasteur observed the process of fermentation, he noted that, while most organisms perished from lack of oxygen, some were able to thrive as ‘life without air’. In this capricious, dreamlike collection, characters and scenes traverse states of airlessness, from suffocating relationships and institutions, to toxic environments and ecstatic asphyxiations.
Both compassionate and ecologically nuanced, this innovative collection bridges poetry and prose to interrogate the conditions necessary for survival.
Daisy Lafarge on Granta.com
Essays & Memoir | The Online Edition
Best Book of 1998: Symbiotic Planet
‘Symbiogenesis is horizontal and anarchic, a frenzy of illicit fusions and mergers – energies coming together for mutual benefit.’
Daisy Lafarge on the best book of 1998.
In Conversation | The Online Edition
‘The earliest life on the planet was life without air, anaerobic bacteria that slowly died off when oxygen began to pollute the atmosphere’.