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The Invention of Ana

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
A New York Times Paperback Row Editor's Choice

Combining the infectious narration of Nick Hornby's Funny Girl, the philosophical lyricism of Roberto Bolano's The Savage Detectives, and the mesmerizing power of Anna North's The Life and Death of Sophie Stark, a breathtaking debut, brimming with youthful brio and irresistible humor, that chronicles a young man's friendship with a most peculiar artist.

On a rooftop in Brooklyn on a spring night, a young intern and would-be writer, newly arrived from Copenhagen, meets the intriguing Ana Ivan. Clever and funny, with an air of mystery and melancholia, Ana is a performance artist, a mathematician, and a self-proclaimed time traveler. She is also bad luck, she confesses; she is from a cursed Romanian lineage.

Before long, the intern finds himself seduced by Ana's enthralling stories - of her unlucky countrymen; of her parents' romance during the worst years of Nicolae Ceaucescu's dictatorship; of a Daylight Savings switchover gone horribly wrong. Ana also introduces him to her latest artistic endeavor. Following the astronomical rather than the Gregorian calendar, she is trying to alter her sense of time - an experiment that will lead her to live in complete darkness for one month.

Descending into the blackness with Ana, the intern slowly loses touch with his own existence, entangling himself in the lives of Ana, her starry-eyed mother Maria, and her raging math-prodigy father Ciprian. Peeling back the layers of her past, he eventually discovers the perverse tragedy that has haunted Ana's family for decades and shaped her journey from the streets of Bucharest to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and finally to New York City.

The Invention of Ana blurs the lines between narrative and memory, perception and reality, identity and authenticity. In his stunning debut novel, Mikkel Rosengaard illuminates the profound power of stories to alter the world around us - and the lives of the ones we love.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Surprising, suspenseful, and deeply affecting, written in prose as elegant and precise as a mathematical proof. A meditation on time, mortality, and politics, and a beautiful and enlarging read." - Alena Graedon


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February 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Invention of Ana: A Novel
Author(s): Mikkel Rosengaard
ISBN: 0-06-267907-4 / 978-0-06-267907-9 (USA edition)
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November 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Invention of Ana: A Novel
Author(s): Mikkel Rosengaard
ISBN: 0-06-267908-2 / 978-0-06-267908-6 (USA edition)
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February 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Invention of Ana: A Novel
Author(s): Mikkel Rosengaard
ISBN: 1-5384-9906-1 / 978-1-5384-9906-1 (USA edition)
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February 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Invention of Ana: Library Edition
Author(s): Mikkel Rosengaard
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Title: The Invention of Ana: A Novel
Author(s): Mikkel Rosengaard
ISBN: 1-5384-9905-3 / 978-1-5384-9905-4 (USA edition)
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Title: The Invention of Ana: A Novel
Author(s): Mikkel Rosengaard
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