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My Sister Chaos (Paperback)

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An obsessive-compulsive cartographer trapped in the mapping of her own house. A painter turned code-breaker trying to find the lover she lost in the war. Two sisters on a collision course. In this book, two sisters escape an unknown war-torn country into separate lives of exile. The cartographer is obsessed with keeping the world in order, but finds it unravelling under her own demands. Her sister, an artist, arrives unexpectedly. Her very presence is a sign of chaos for the cartographer. But in spite of this, the sister has a firm grip on the real world, and a greater connection to the past. Chaos and order in tension provide the scaffolding for this compelling work of fiction. Presented within a world of obsession and trauma it asks whether any of us is immune to the forces of destruction. How do you know when to finish what you start? How do you know when to give up on control? How do you move on?

About the Author

Lara Fergus works for the Victorian government on policy to prevent violence against women. She is a former researcher and writer on human rights--particularly violence against women--for Amnesty International, White Ribbon, VicHealth, and the United Nations.

Praise For…

I was intrigued by Lara Fergus’s bold and original use of cartographic and mathematical metaphors, which enabled her to tell a story with two of the hallmarks of a good piece of mathematics: conceptual complexityand economical simplicity of expression.”  Robyn Arianrhod, author, Einstein's Heroes

Intriguing and intelligent, Lara Fergus unites cartography, art, tyranny, and the complex ties between twin sisters in a highly original novel of exile and longing.”  Andrea Goldsmith, author, The Prosperous Thief

"An endlessly fascinating read that will be hard to put down."  Reviewer's Bookwatch

"Lara Fergus writes a character who is subversive and démarqué. She is the I (eye), the focal point, watching the world. She defies the whole Western system of representation in which the female I is not reliable."  Dominique Bourque, editor, The Lands Within Me: Expressions by Canadian Artists of Arab Origin

Keeps the heart of darkness pulsing in the light of rationality, each captive of the other, so that in the last stretches of the novella, where the entwinement of orderly’ complicity and chaotic’ resistance is raised to heightened intensity, I found I hadn’t breathed for pages.”  Marion May Campbell, author, Shadow Thief

A strong, clear, and intelligent voice. This is a compelling and suggestive exploration of women living in multiple forms of exile standing proudly in the company of works by Rosa Cappiello, Christa Wolf, Marguerit Duras, Jorge Luis Borges, and Albert Camus.”  Gina Mercer, author, Parachute Silk

"Nothing in this elegant, brilliant debut is out of placeit has obviously been crafted with thought and care. Its graceful structure reflects its content, and its compelling, well-paced plot artfully ties humanity’s most profound struggles and tragedies to maths and mapmaking."  Readings Books Music Film

"Marvelous. I’m still not sure I fully understand it, but it kept me up all night the night I read it and I look forward to rereading it."  Elevate Difference
Product Details
ISBN: 9781876756840
ISBN-10: 1876756845
Publisher: Spinifex Press
Publication Date: March 1st, 2011
Pages: 213
Language: English