The Natashas by Yelena Moskovich
The Natashas by Yelena Moskovich
Béatrice, a solitary young jazz singer from a genteel Parisian suburb, meets a mysterious woman named Polina, who visits her at night and whispers in her ear: “There are people who leave their bodies and their bodies go on living without them. These people are named Natasha.”
César, a lonely Mexican actor, receives the opportunity of a lifetime: a role as a serial killer on a French TV series. But as he prepares for the audition, he finds himself falling in love with the psychopath he is to play. Step by step, Béatrice and César are drawn into a labyrinth of visions and warnings, haunted by a group of young women who all share the same name: Natasha.
A startlingly original novel that recalls the unsettling visual worlds of Cindy Sherman and David Lynch and the writing of Angela Carter and Haruki Murakami, The Natashas establishes Yelena Moskovich as one of the most exciting young writers of her generation.
PRAISE FOR THE NATASHAS
“Strange and carnal; a riddle of language, the body, and the artistic impulse.”
“The Natashas is beautiful, original and distinctive – a stunning new voice.”
—Jenni Fagan, author of The Panopticon
“Closest in tone and plot to a David Lynch film…confounding and beguiling in equal measure; prose that reads as heady yet ephemeral as smoke.”
“Brave, original…written in a Cubist jumble of voices, languages, and textures, The Natashas reads as if one were spinning a radio dial of the world…Moskovich’s prose radiates with heat as she describes the life animating the city from within, a breath that unites us in our humanity, even the most marginalized – those whose identities are subsumed into the categories of their catastrophes: hostages, refugees, slaves. In The Natashas, Moskovich locates that delicate point of equilibrium between aesthetics and outrage.”
“Wonderfully original…if you are a fan of David Lynch or Haruki Murakami, this sort of joyful acceptance of the bizarre will come easily…Moskovich’s debut offers something different, and sometimes we all need that.”
“A haunting, unknowable novel, and no less beguiling for that.”
“As mysterious as a David Lynch film, The Natashas paints a dark, post-modern picture of loss of identity, invisibility and disconnection.”
—The Times Literary Supplement
“A hallucinatory torrent of imagery and ideas that moves entirely according to its own rules…Moskovich explores the relationship between our identities and our physical selves in an experimental, fragmented narrative, obstinately refusing to reach an orthodox resolution but nevertheless casting a beguiling spell that beckons deeper into its strangeness.”
—The Herald Scotland
“A dark literary novel…an intense Lynchian atmosphere.”
“Explorations of sexual power, force and identity underpin this beautifully written dreamscape debut by Yelena Moskovitch…a novel that slips and slides through space and time, unmoored by linear convention.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
YELENA MOSKOVICH was born in 1984 in Ukraine (former USSR) and emigrated to the US with her family in 1991. After graduating with a degree in playwriting from Emerson College, Boston, she moved to Paris to study at the Lecoq School of Physical Theatre, and later for a Masters degree in Art, Philosophy and Aesthetics from Université Paris 8. Her plays have been produced in the US, Vancouver, Paris, and Stockholm. She lives in Paris. The Natashas is her first novel.