Ananda Devi and Callie Siskel Recommend - The Paris Review
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Intimacies, a novel by Katie Kitamura, explores the impact of inhabiting another person's mind and the boundaries between self and other. The narrator, an interpreter at the International Court of Justice, experiences an identity crisis and delves into the personal crises of those around her. The novel raises questions about the shaping of one's sense of self and the role of private grief in deepening or priming a precarious selfhood. Kitamura's stunning ending reconstructs the first person and leaves a lasting impression on the reader.
Even when she interprets the words of a victim, she concedes "the strangeness of speaking her words for her, the wrongness of using this I that was hers and not mine, this word that was not sufficiently capacious."
The poems by Callie Siskel in the Winter issue of the Review also grapple with the boundary between self and other. The poem "Echo" explores the repetition and depreciated selfhood of the silenced character who echoes the last words of her beloved. The narrator of Intimacies also experiences a sense of being depreciated, but the novel's ending allows for a reconstruction of the first person. Intimacies is a novel that resonates deeply with the reader and leaves a lasting impact.
Intimacies is that rare novel that, fittingly, reverberates in your mind.
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