Christina Hesselholdt & Paul Russell Garrett
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With VIVIAN, her second novel to be published in English, Christina Hesselholdt delves into the world of the enigmatic
American photographer, Vivian Maier (1926-2009), whose unique photographic body of work only reached the public by
chance. On the surface, Vivian Maier lived a quiet life as a loving, firm and feisty nanny for wealthy families in Chicago
and New York. But throughout four decades, she took more than 150,000 photos, mainly with Rolleiflex cameras. The
pictures were only discovered in an auction shortly before she died, impoverished and feasibly very lonely. In a time when
self-obsession and self-representation are at an all-time high, Vivian Maier holds a particular fascination. How do we
define what art is? Who was this outsider artist, and why did she remain in the shadows her whole life? In this playful,
polyphonic novel, we watch Vivian grow up in a severely dysfunctional family in New York and Champsaur in France,
and we follow her later life as a nanny and street photographer in Chicago. A meditation on art, madness and identity,
VIVIAN is a brilliant novel by Denmark's most inventive and radical novelist.

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ISBN 9781910695616
Publisher Fitzcarraldo Editions
Format Paperback
Pages 192
Publication date 19 June 2019

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