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S. S. Proleterka

(2003)
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A fifteen-year-old girl and her father, Johannes, take a cruise to Greece on the Proleterka. Jaeggy recounts the girl's youth in her distinctively strange, telescopic prose: the remarried mother, cold and unconcerned; the father who was allowed only rare visits with the child; the years spent stashed away with relatives or at boarding school. For the girl and her father, their time on the ship becomes their 'last and first chance to be together.' On board, she becomes the object of the sailors' affection, receiving a violent, carnal education. Mesmerised by the desire to be experienced, she crisply narrates her trysts as well as her near-total neglect of her father. Proleterka is a ferocious study of distance, diffidence and 'insomniac resentment'.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Paperback Editions

March 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Proleterka
Author(s): Fleur Jaeggy
ISBN: 1-911508-56-3 / 978-1-911508-56-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: And Other Stories
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November 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: S. S. Proleterka
Author(s): Fleur Jaeggy, Alastair McEwen
ISBN: 0-8112-1550-4 / 978-0-8112-1550-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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Kindle Editions

March 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Proleterka
Author(s): Fleur Jaeggy
Publisher: And Other Stories
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU