Last novel of the author of The History of Love. Again the good read.
American novelist Nicole Krauss in her new book moved a bit further once again since her last novel The History of Love. While till now she was "only" writing - imagining, playing and having fun, now as though a darker side of the writing would push on her and in her latest novel, Great House, she undergoes a thorough examination. She describes the different houses, their various owners and their various furniture - particularly a gigantic desk - but we slowly begin to suspect that the great house, which sometimes recalls the maze, that temple that is still collapsing and building anew, is our world , our own thinking.
"Krauss has taken great risks in dispensing with the whimsy and humor that she summoned for her tragic vision in “The History of Love.” Here she gives us her tragic vision pure. It is a high-wire performance, only the wire has been replaced by an exposed nerve, and you hold your breath, and she does not fall."
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, The New York Times