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"Soon all of Eden followed the apple’s example and started to decompose and rot, and since then this has happened in all gardens and everything in nature, and honey mushrooms came into existence, and rot and parasites and beetles arose. But the apple was first, and it never stops rotting, it just gets blacker. The apple has no end, just like this fairy tale."- Jenny Hval, Paradise Rot
Norwegian singer/songwriter Jenny Hval has received acclaim for her deeply visceral, surreal, and evocative explorations of politics and sexuality in her music. Now, she brings the same searing aesthetic vision to her debut novel, Paradise Rot.
Join us at Artbook@MoMA PS1, where Jenny will appear in conversation with Brandon Stousy.
About PARADISE ROT:
Jo is in a strange new country for university and having a more peculiar time than most. In a house with no walls, shared with a woman who has no boundaries, she finds her strange home coming to life in unimaginable ways. Jo’s sensitivity and all her senses become increasingly heightened and fraught, as the lines between bodies and plants, dreaming and wakefulness, blur and mesh.
“In Paradise Rot, Jenny Hval creates a parallel world that’s familiar but subtly skewed. As intriguing and impressive a novelist as she is a musician, Hval is a master of quiet horror and wonder.”
– Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick
"Psychologically dark and at times claustrophobic, this unusual debut portrays raw want as a gradual encroachment. Paradise Rot dances between dream and nightmare, probing the jagged line between exploration and suffocation with unnerving clarity."
– Karen Rigby, Foreword Reviews
Brandon Stosuy is the Editor in Chief of The Creative Independent/Kickstarter. He previously worked as Director of Editorial Operations at Pitchfork. Brandon is a music curator at MoMA PS1 in New York City and the Broad Museum in Los Angeles, and he curates the annual Basilica Soundscape festival in Hudson, New York