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InstaReview: Lapvona by Otessa Mashfegh

"And the more abuse he took from his father, the better he was in God's eyes. He had always known that virtue was determined in relation to others."

It’s ✨spooky szn✨ and Lapvona by Otessa Moshfegh is serving creepy vibes to be sure. Spanning a year, we follow a deformed and motherless shepherd boy, Marek, through a dark and repulsive fairy tale rife with evil, arrogant and hopeless characters.

The novel drips with satirical commentary on religion and morality that will certainly elicit some chuckles, but be warned that it doesn’t shy away from the barbaric and perverse.

Otessa Moshfegh is a singular storyteller but admittedly her brazen experimental approach in Lapvona is not for everyone, so proceed with caution; trigger warnings abound.


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