Ottessa Moshfegh - Author

About the Author

Ottessa Moshfegh is a fiction writer from Boston. She was awarded the Plimpton Prize for her stories in The Paris Review and granted a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her novel Eileen was awarded the 2016 Pen/Hemingway Award.

Featured books by Ottessa Moshfegh

Lapvona

Lapvona

Author: Ottessa Moshfegh Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/06/2022

With its unique perspectives and bone-deep insights into humanity, Ottessa Moshfegh's writing never fails to amaze, and Lapvona sees her bold brilliance shine once again. Thirteen-year-old shepherd boy Marek lives in the blighted medieval fiefdom of Lapvona, with this setting providing the brutal story-world stage to reveal humanity’s depraved underbelly – greed, corruption, barbaric imbalances between the rich and the poor, with the notion of human suffering being a virtue deployed by those in power. Marek “was a small boy and had grown crookedly, his spine twisted in the middle…his legs were bowed. His head was misshapen”. Told by his father that his mother died in childbirth, Marek loves Ina, the blind village midlife; a wise woman with connections to nature and scared knowledge beyond that of the church. With her house in the woods underlining her liminality, Ina is a woman of miracles. The only sick person to have recovered from the plague, in her forties “sweet and creamy milk” weeps from her breasts. Meanwhile, the village’s depraved governor Villiam literally lords over Lapvona from his lavish hilltop manor, with Father Barnabas on hand to do his dirty work. As famine and drought cause the villagers to starve, he lives to excess away from the death and violence, with Father Barnabas arranging intermittent appearances to maintain the weaponising of religion as a means of control. As the story moves through the seasons and Marek becomes entangled to the lord, brutality and catastrophes mount, and all order is disrupted. With all the rich, brutal language and ambience of a dark folktale, this remarkable novel has deep allegorical resonance.

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Homesick for Another World

Homesick for Another World

Author: Ottessa Moshfegh Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/01/2017

What makes these stories so moving is the emotional balance that Moshfegh achieves - the way she exposes the limitless range of self-deception that human beings can employ while, at the same time, infusing the grotesque and outrageous with tenderness and compassion. The flesh is weak; the timber is crooked; people are cruel to each other, and stupid, and hurtful, but beauty comes from strange sources, and the dark energy surging through these stories is oddly and powerfully invigorating. Moshfegh has been compared to Flannery O'Connor, Jim Thompson, Shirley Jackson and Patricia Highsmith but her voice and her mastery of language and tone are unique. One of the most gifted and exciting young writers in America, she shows us uncomfortable things, and makes us look at them forensically - until we find, suddenly, that we are really looking at ourselves.

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Eileen

Eileen

Author: Ottessa Moshfegh Format: Ebook Release Date: 21/08/2017

Eine Kleinstadt in Neuengland, Weihnachten 1964. Die vierundzwanzigjahrige Eileen Dunlop hasst sich und die Welt. Sie muss fur ihren paranoiden, alkoholkranken Vater sorgen, einen ehemaligen Cop, mit dem zusammen sie in einem heruntergekommenen Haus lebt. Ihren mageren Lohn verdient sie sich als Sekretarin in einer Vollzugsanstalt fur jugendliche Straftater. Als die schone Harvard-Absolventin Rebecca Saint John ihren Dienst als Erziehungsbeauftragte des Gefangnisses antritt, ist Eileen sofort Feuer und Flamme. Sie wunscht sich nichts sehnlicher, als zu sein wie diese selbstbewusste, unabhangige Frau. Doch die Freundschaft von Rebecca Saint John hat einen hohen Preis. Eileen wird in ein grauenhaftes Verbrechen hineingezogen ... In ihrem preisgekrnten Roman beschreibt Ottessa Moshfegh das Schicksal einer jungen Frau, die ausbrechen will aus einer von dunklen Obsessionen und roher Gewalt geprgten Welt. Eigentlich kann man dieser Welt nicht entkommen. Es sei denn, man nimmt das Gesetz in die eigene Hand.

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My Year of Rest and Relaxation The cult New York Times bestseller

My Year of Rest and Relaxation The cult New York Times bestseller

Author: Ottessa Moshfegh Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/05/2019

THE TIKTOK SENSATION Read THE razor-sharp satire that everyone is talking about... On the surface ,our narrator has everything you could want in life. She's young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate and lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like everything else, by her inheritance. But there is a vacuum in her life and she's got the perfect solution. She's going to take a year under sedation to relax and hide away from the world. What could possibly go wrong? Blackly funny, merciless and compassionate, My Year of Rest and Relaxation, is the perfect read for fans of The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. PRAISE FOR MY YEAR OF REST AND RELAXATION: 'The book that everyone is talking about' The Times 'Diamond-hard entertainment' Guardian 'Electrifying...compelling...Moshfegh's protagonist is an unlikely revolutionary' Vanity Fair

Other books by Ottessa Moshfegh

Death in Her Hands

Death in Her Hands

Author: Ottessa Moshfegh Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/05/2021

'This is a story about what might happen when a woman takes charge... A glorious visceral mystery' The Times While on her daily walk with her dog in the woods near her home, Vesta comes across a chilling handwritten note. Her name was Magda. Nobody will ever know who killed her. It wasn't me. Here is her dead body. Shaky even on her best days, Vesta is also alone, and new to the area, having moved here after the death of her husband. Her brooding about the note grows quickly into a full-blown obsession: who was Magda and how did she meet her fate? From the Booker-shortlisted author of Eileen comes this razor-sharp, chilling and darkly hilarious novel about the stories we tell ourselves and how we strive to obscure the truth. __________________________ PRAISE FOR DEATH IN HER HANDS: 'Routinely hailed as one of the most exciting young American authors working today' Guardian 'A new kind of murder mystery' New Yorker 'Dark, devious' Observer 'A fine line between shocking realism and the absurd' New Statesman 'A brilliant off-kilter detective story' Evening Standard 'A beautiful novel' Sunday Times

Mein Jahr der Ruhe und Entspannung

Mein Jahr der Ruhe und Entspannung

Author: Ottessa Moshfegh Format: Ebook Release Date: 24/09/2018

New York, am Anfang des neuen Jahrtausends. Einer jungen Frau stehen die Turen zu einer Welt aus Glanz und Glitter offen. Sie ist gro, schlank und ausgesprochen hubsch. Gerade hat sie an einer Elite-Universitat ihren Abschluss gemacht und arbeitet nun in einer angesagten Kunstgalerie. Sie wohnt im teuersten Viertel der Stadt, was sie sich leisten kann, weil sie vor Jahren schon ein kleines Vermogen geerbt hat. Es konnte also nicht besser laufen in ihrem Leben ... In Wirklichkeit jedoch wunscht sie sich nichts sehnlicher, als ihrer Welt den Rucken zu kehren. Von einer dubiosen Psychiaterin lasst sie sich ein ganzes Arsenal an Beruhigungsmitteln, Antidepressiva und Schlaftabletten verschreiben. Mithilfe der Medikamente will sie "e;Winterschlaf halten"e;. Aber dann merkt sie in einem ihrer wenigen wachen Momente, dass sie im Schlaf ein eigenes Leben fuhrt. Sie findet Kreditkartenabrechnungen, die auf Shoppingtouren und Friseurbesuche hindeuten. Und scheinbar chattet sie regelmaig mit wildfremden Mannern in merkwurdigen Internetforen. Erinnern kann sie sich daran aber nicht.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Author: Ottessa Moshfegh Format: Ebook Release Date: 10/07/2018

The New York Times bestseller.From one of our boldest, most celebrated new literary voices, a novel about a young woman's efforts to duck the ills of the world by embarking on an extended hibernation with the help of one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature and the battery of medicines she prescribes.Our narrator should be happy, shouldn't she? She's young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, works an easy job at a hip art gallery, lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like the rest of her needs, by her inheritance. But there is a dark and vacuous hole in her heart, and it isn't just the loss of her parents, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her best friend, Reva. It's the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a powerful answer to that question. Through the story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs designed to heal our heroine from her alienation from this world, Moshfegh shows us how reasonable, even necessary, alienation can be. Both tender and blackly funny, merciless and compassionate, it is a showcase for the gifts of one of our major writers working at the height of her powers.

Homesick For Another World

Homesick For Another World

Author: Ottessa Moshfegh Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/01/2018

'Razor-sharp' Zadie Smith An electrifying, prizewinning short story collection from the Booker-shortlisted author of Eileen and My Year of Rest and Relaxation. There's something eerily unsettling about Ottessa Moshfegh's stories, something almost dangerous while also being delightful - and often even weirdly hilarious. Her characters are all unsteady on their feet; all yearning for connection and betterment, in very different ways, but each of them seems destined to be tripped up by their own baser impulses. The flesh is weak; the timber is crooked; people are cruel to each other, and stupid, and hurtful, but beauty comes from strange sources, and the dark energy surging through these stories is oddly and powerfully invigorating. One of the most gifted and exciting young writers in America, she shows us uncomfortable things, and makes us look at them forensically - until we find, suddenly, that we are really looking at ourselves. 'Moshfegh's writing is cinematic - vivid, immediate' TLS

McGlue

McGlue

Author: Ottessa Moshfegh Format: Ebook Release Date: 22/08/2016

Salem, Massachusetts. Im Jahr des Herrn 1851. Der Seemann McGlue ist schwerer Trinker und sitzt im Gefangnis. Ihm wird vorgeworfen, vor Sansibar seinen besten Freund Johnson ermordet zu haben. Nur kann er sich an nichts erinnern. Was daran liegt, dass sein Schadel gespalten ist, seitdem er vor Monaten aus einem fahrenden Zug gesprungen ist, um nicht als blinder Passagier entdeckt zu werden. McGlue will sich auch an nichts erinnern, er will nur trinken. In der Nahe von New Haven hatte Johnson ihn einst auf der Strae aufgelesen und so vor dem Erfrieren gerettet. Er war es, der nach seinem Sturz fur ihn sorgte, der ihn zur Handelsmarine brachte und mit ihm um die Welt segelte. Warum also sollte McGlue ihn umgebracht haben?Ottessa Moshfegh erzhlt die abgrndige Geschichte eines Mannes, dessen Hass auf die Welt zu gro ist, als dass er unversehrt sein Dasein fristen kann. McGlue ist ein stimmgewaltiges, eindringliches Buch ber das immerwhrende Scheitern des Menschen, den eigenen Unzulnglichkeiten Herr zu werden. Denn zwischen Schuld und Gerechtigkeit steht immer das Leben.

Eileen

Eileen

Author: Ottessa Moshfegh Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/03/2016

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016. Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2016. A young woman relentlessly drives through the darkness of the American roads. Is she fleeing from a misdemeanour? Is she on a mission? Slowly, the pieces of her past come together for the reader to assemble a troubled story where apportioning the blame for some tragic events becomes a most murky business. Allusive, elegant, highly poetic in its evocation of the sounds and spells of night and offering disturbing insights into the confused minds of lost women, this is a striking debut from a young US writer whose reputation has been carved in small literary magazines. The criminal element is muted and the single, unassuming parts knit together to form an unexpected whole and define a character that will stay in your mind for a long time afterwards. Demonstrates crime writing is not always necessarily about bodies and killers and imperfect investigators. ~ Maxim Jakubowski Chair of the Man Booker 2016 judges Amanda Foreman commented: "This is a very exciting year. The range of books is broad and the quality extremely high. Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at times, passionate debate, challenging our expectations of what a novel is and can be. It is a longlist to be relished.”The shortlist was announced on 13th September, and the winner will ultimately be named on 25th October, at a black-tie dinner at London’s Guildhall, as broadcast by the BBC. Played out against the snowy landscape of coastal New England, blending true noir and the eerie, unforgettable books of Shirley Jackson and Flannery O'Connor, this mesmeric, terrifying, sublimely funny debut novel enthralls and shocks, and introduces one of the most original new voices in contemporary literature.

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