Published by CB Editions
‘Soon has the freshness of an eye-witness report and yet travels in many directions – in time and space, by train and by memory, by image and by imagination. A beautiful achievement.’ – Adam Zagajewski
An hour outside Paris, a train comes to an unscheduled stop. As the other passengers bicker, confide, flirt, the narrator remembers – lovers, disappointments, childhood, marriage. She talks with Chopin and models for Modigliani. The boundaries of self are dissolved by imagination and memory, until the journey resumes and another life ends.
An edited version of Soon was performed as an opera, with music by Tom Smail, at the Riverside Studios, London, in August 2013.
‘One hopes, one hunts, for a book that resembles nothing one has read before. Alba Arikha’s Soon is not only a true original, it’s beautiful, moving, and, yes, profound. Which makes it a rare creature indeed.’ – Michael Cunningham
‘Lucid, tender and hypnotic’ – rupert thomson ‘Multum in parvo: so musical; such darting observation and tender understanding; such rich seams of memory and imagination’ – Kevin Crossley-Holland