Why the Child Is Cooking in the Polenta (Swiss Literature Series)

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A nomadic family of circus performers, refugees from Romania, travels through Europe and Africa by caravan. The mother's death-defying act causes constant anxiety for her two daughters, who voice their fears through a grisly communal fairy tale about a child being cooked alive in polenta -- but their real life is no less of a dark fable, and one that seems just as unlikely to have a happy ending. An actor and performance artist as well as a poet and novelist, Veteranyi was acclaimed for her seemingly "artless" narrative voice, in which pain and hilarity always vie for the upper hand -- a voice at once lyrical and jaded, prurient and spiritual, comical and horrifying.

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Aglaja Veteranyi was born in Bucharest to a family of circus artists who toured Europe relentlessly until they finally settled in Switzerland. An actress, performer, and artist as well as a writer, she only published one novel Why the Child is Cooking in the Polenta during her lifetime, though other books have appeared posthumously. She committed suicide in 2002. Vincent Kling is professor of German and comparative literature at LaSalle University in Philadelphia.

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