Study for Obedience is a fully absorbing, beautiful and sinister portrait of becoming and unbelonging, of violence held in time and place, that enriches the reader's habitation of the world's intelligibility and its darkness
Sarah Bernstein manages to combine cool, perfectly weighted prose with an extraordinary emotional sensibility
Sarah Bernstein's Study for Obedience is at once a languid and sometimes harrowing journey into the truth of human animals living in a small community and the need for a woman to give voice to the strange and beautiful cruelties of life. This is a unique novel that is primal and eerie, where language creates silence and vivid images reflect a kind of earthiness where our most intimate selves live. The wide praise for Bernstein's remarkable writing is well earned
Asale Angel-Ajani, author of A Country You Can Leave
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A Dying Tongue
‘What needs explaining was that, and it was a funny thing, a very funny thing, I did not speak the language.’
An extract from Study for Obedience by Sarah Bernstein.
Fiction | The Online Edition
Shining the Boot
‘I did my work and looked perfectly happy, tidy and unobjectionable, shining, shining the boot.’
New fiction from Sarah Bernstein.