Chiara Barzini



SISTER STOP BREATHING
A collection of short fictions 

         

«These kaleidoscopic arrangements of sentences and situations are of freakish originality and beauty. They are stories like smashed mirrored jewels, which we look into, recognize ourselves and others, then look closely again and realize we're staring at the delicate close markings of a flower. I found these stories to be like life—full of horror and comedy and wonderment for a world that is both grotesque and fantastical.»—Jonathan Ames, author of Wake Up, Sir!

«The best thing to come out of Italy since espresso, and it opens your eyes and quickens your heart just as fast.»—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story

«A Barzini fiction invites you into its strangeness with poetic and comic authority, and ushers you out before you have a chance to know what hit you. The fabular and the contemporary are tantalizingly conflated such that recognizable settings (Rome, California, Paris) open up into wondrous irreal worlds that entice the senses yet ingeniously elude one’s grasp. Whether she steers us through volcanic craters, antiquity’s sewers, or incestuous swimming pools, Barzini’s imagination, precision and wit make the ride worthwhile. Sister Stop Breathing is as inventive as it is provocative.»—Mary Caponegro, author of All Fall Down

 

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Sister Stop Breathing News & Reviews

5.20.2013: SSB excerpts and short review on Stuart Hammond's Get Lit blog on Dazed and Confused online.

1.6.2013: The wonderful SF-based Sidebrow publishes excerpts from Sister Stop Breathing.

12.12.12: Sister Stop Breathing in Blake Butler's All the Books I read in 2012 for Vice Magazine.

10.22.2012: Tim Small of The Milan Review translates some shorties from Sister Stop Breathing for Vice Italy.

5.19.12: Vice reviews Sister Stop Breathing.

5.15.12: TNB FICTION "showcases book excerpts and original short fiction from some of the finest writers in the world", including Etgar Keret, Dan Chaon, Stuart Dybek, Jennifer Egan, Bret Easton Ellis, Aimee Bender. Find an excerpt of Sister Stop Breathing alongside artwork by Cal. A. Mari in this week's post.

5.6.12: Sister Stop Breathing reviewed in DecomP Magazine.

4.5.12: Sister Stop Breathing is now an abstract literary music compilation on Largehearted Boy.

3.6.12: Awe-inspiring David Tibet from Current 93  "utterly recommends" Sister Stop Breathing on his Coptic Cat website

3.5.12:  Giulia Ruberti recommends Sister Stop Breathing in Paris, LA.

3.3.12: THE ESOTERRORIST says Sister Stop Breathing is  is a "rare, cohesive work of aberrant originality"!

2.15.12: RYAN CHANG FROM ELECTRIC LITERATURE WROTE AN AMAZING REVIEW OF THE FRANKLIN PARK READING. PHOTOS AND DETAILS INCLUDED.

2.14.12: VOL. 1 BROOKLYN REVIEWS FRANKKLIN PARK READING EVENT.

2.14.12: WONDERFUL REVIEW OF SISTER STOP BREATHING BY BRANDON HOBSON IN THE COLLAGIST

2.13.12: READING AT FRANKLIN PARK WITH BEN MARCUS, MARTHA SOUTHGATE, KATE ZAMBRENO, AND WILL SNIDER SELECTED AS CRITIC'S PICK IN TIME OUT NEW YORK

2.10.12 Interview about Sister Stop Breathing with images by Cal. A. Mari by Tommaso Fagioli on Satellite Voices.

2.8.12: DENNIS COOPER HAS RECENTLY "READ AND LOVED" SISTER STOP BREATHING!

2.7.12: SISTER STOP BREATHING REVIEWED IN VOL. 1 BROOKLYN

1.23.12:  THE COFFIN FACTORY says the stories in Sister Stop Breathing are what reading is all about!

1.19.12:  FREDERIC TUTEN JOINS JOHN WRAY, EDMUND WHITE, LILY TUCK, JANE SMILEY, JONATHAN SANTLOFER, ROXANA ROBINSON, TOM PIAZZA, ED PARK, BONNIED NADZAM, URSULA K. LE GUIN, DAVI LEAVITT, DAVID EBERSHOFF, LOUIS BEGLEY, JONATHAN FRANZEN, AND JOYCE CAROL OATES IN SELECTING HIS 2012 BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS. SISTER STOP BREATHING IS ON HIS LIST AND HERE’S WHY.

1.21.12: VICE MAGAZINE RECOMMENDS NY TYRANT READING AT KGB WITH GIANCARLO DI TRAPANO, TAO LIN, MICHAEL BIBLE, DANIEL LONG, AND MYSELF.

1.13.12: Joseph Salvatore's incredible book To Assume a Pleasing Shape was just nominated for the Short Story Prize. I had the pleasure of reading with him and Catherine Lacey at Pacific Standard and was so pleased to read that he finished up Sister Stop Breathing overnight.

1.10.12: DOSSIER MAGAZINE RECOMMENDS MY READING WITH JOSEPH SALVATORE AND CATHERINE LACEY AT THE PACIFIC STANDARD.

1.9.12: MY READING AT KGB WITH GARY LUTZ AND ROBERT LOPEZ REVIEWED IN CAPITAL NEW YORK.

 

Autoritratto con Sicilia (Self-Portrait with Sicily) by Frederic Tuten
Illustrations by Mimmo Paladino

Italian translation

 

  

 

 

PUBLISHED STORIES

2014

Noon Annual: Adult
The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg : Vauville
Tweed's Magazine (former Coffin Factory): The Mexicans Never Ask
Whiskey Island: Unfair, Linen Trunks, The Poisoning

2013

Nero Magazine: Incendiaries: Road Injury, Minor Witchcraft, Matt Damon Likes Lakes
SleepingFish: Dead Pope
Dazed&Confused digital: Three Short Stories about Death edited by Stuart Hammond
The Harvard Advocate: The Dead Pope
Sidebrow Literary Magazine: Unfair, Dead Sheep, The Guillotine

2012

Vice Magazine Italy: I Primi Figli, Il Primo Nipote, Il Primo Ministro, L'Avvelenamento, Ingiustizia, Sorella Smettila di Respirare
The Milan Review: Ugly Baby
The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg : Vauville (finalist for Gertrude Stein Award judged by Rick Moody)

Salt Hill Journal 29: Ron Moss The Mountain Goat
The Coffin Factory: The Mourning Pool
Everyday Genius (guest editor Penina Roth): The Wave, The Brotherhood, Nursery
NY Tyrant: The Desolate Priest Boys

2010

Bomb Magazine's Literary Supplement, First Proof (coming soon)
Noon Annual: Vauville (coming soon)
SleepingFish: Volcanoes
Recovery Magazine: Advice for New Human

2009

Or Magazine: Sister Stop Breathing
New Review Of Literature: First Grandchild, First Personal HomeFirst Husband, First Love