Lapvona

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In the land of Lapvona, the lord of the land Villiam is cheating the local villagers of their food, their water, their livelihoods. Grotesque and ridiculous, he marries the pregnant and tongueless ex-nun Agata, whom he believes will make him God, and his son will be the second Christ.

It’s a land of murder, cannibalism, incest and rape. Despite all of the characters’ individual inadequacies and madness, you find yourself completely engrossed in each character’s fate, be it Marek, Jude, Agata, Villiam, Lispeth, Ina, Father Barnabas. It’s an anti-fairytale within a fairytale – maybe this is what hell on earth looks like? Is it an indictment of humanity, of religion, of grotesque despots?

An original work of brilliance – singular, funny, horrifying and entertaining in equal measure.

© Ottessa Moshfegh 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

Critics Review

  • Compelling… Moshfegh’s bold venture beyond her comfort zone in Lapvona is a welcome promise of how much more she has to offer American literature today.

    Financial Times
  • Moshfegh’s genius is her ability to rip away the veil, revealing the horrors beneath, in writing so compelling, and bleakly funny, that we can’t bear to look away.

    i
  • A witty, vicious novel.. . Moshfegh is one of our most thrilling chroniclers of the abject

    Observer
  • What impresses here is not so much Moshfegh’s abilities with character or narrative, or even her language . . . as the qualities Lapvona shares with a Francis Bacon painting: depicting in blood-red vitality, without morals or judgment, the human animal in its native chaos.

    Guardian
  • Moshfegh expertly creates a world with its own superstitions and laws, both timeless and topical.

    Oprah Daily

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