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It Lasts Forever and Then It’s Over

Anne de Marcken



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Giramondo Publishing
01 March 2024
It Lasts Forever and Then It’s Over asks how much of yourself can you lose before you are lost…and then what happens?

The heroine of this haunting, spare novel is voraciously alive in the afterlife. Adrift yet keenly aware, our undead narrator notes every bizarre detail of her new reality. She has forgotten even her name, but she remembers with unbearable longing the place where she knew herself and was known – where she loved and was loved. She heads west and into mind-boggling adventures, carrying a dead but laconically opinionated crow in her chest. The joint winner of The Novel Prize, It Lasts Forever and Then It’s Over is a sharp and funny tale for our dispossessed times.

Astounding, inventive, and utterly original, Anne de Marcken has written a freakish classic with wisdom to spare about life, death, and the eerily vast space between. I was absolute putty in this book’s hands.
Alexandra Kleeman

Anne de Marcken must write in a charmed ink that first erases the line between the living and the dead, and then – with prose as elegant as it is spooked – tells the story of what lies underneath. I have never read anything like this brilliant debut.
Sabrina Orah Mark

It Lasts Forever and Then It’s Over is sad, shocking, funny, prophetic, visceral, and deeply human. From amid the dislocations, the lacerations, a profound meditation arises. Highly recommended.
Jeff VanderMeer

Imprint:   Giramondo Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 148mm, 
Weight:   200g
ISBN:   9781923106000
ISBN 10:   1923106007
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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