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Kavenna, Joanna

Works: 14 works in 81 publications in 7 languages and 2,496 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Satire  Fantasy fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PR6111.A88, 823.92
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Publications about Joanna Kavenna
Publications by Joanna Kavenna
Most widely held works by Joanna Kavenna
Inglorious : a novel by Joanna Kavenna( Book )
19 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 720 libraries worldwide
A darkly comic novel about a woman on the edge of a nervous breakdown, set against the backdrop of a London awash with faithless lovers, cutthroat strivers, and so-called friends One day successful young journalist and dedicated urbanite Rosa Lane sends her boss an e-mail that says "I quit" and then walks out of her job. She can't explain why--not to Liam, who's lived with her for years; not to her friends; not to her anxious, recently widowed father. All Rosa knows is that she needs to find enlightenment, to somehow understand her mother's death and do more than just earn her living. Thus begins the piercingly wise and bitingly funny odyssey of Rosa Lane. Along the way, she is deceived by her lover, evicted by her roommate, threatened by her bank manager, picked over by prospective employers, befuddled by philosophy, and tormented by omnivorous London. Brought very low indeed, Rosa in her desperation makes a final assault on those who have done her wrong, leading to the beginning of her return to normality--whatever that is. In a remarkable fiction debut, Joanna Kavenna displays lacerating wit, a perfect eye for social hypocrisies, and great depths of compassion to create a triumphant modern heroine
The birth of love : a novel by Joanna Kavenna( Book )
14 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and held by 563 libraries worldwide
In Vienna, 1865, a phyisican is ridiculed for his claim that unwashed doctor's hands are the cause of childhood fever. In present day London, a young woman plans for a home birth, unprepared for the trials she is about to endure. Somewhere in 2153, when humans are birthed and raised in breeding farms, a woman is on trial for concealing a pregnancy.--from publisher's description
Come to the edge by Joanna Kavenna( Book )
17 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 275 libraries worldwide
A young woman tells the story of her decision to take a break from suburban life by moving to a shambolic, draughty farmhouse in a scenic country valley. Along with the farmhouse comes a new companion, a widowed survivalist called Cassandra White. Her crazy, utopian dream is to stop rich city-dwellers buying up rural second homes. Others who become involved include a banker - and scores of poor and elderly people with nowhere to go
The ice museum : in search of the lost land of Thule by Joanna Kavenna( Book )
6 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 60 libraries worldwide
A legend, a land once seen and then lost forever, Thule was a place beyond the edge of the maps, a mystery for thousands of years. And to the Nazis, Thule was an icy Eden, birthplace of Nordic "purity." In this exquisitely written narrative, Joanna Kavenna wanders in search of Thule, to Shetland, Iceland, Norway, Estonia, Greenland, and Svalbard, unearthing the philosophers, poets, and explorers who claimed Thule for themselves, from Richard Francis Burton to Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen. Marked by breathtaking snowscapes, haunting literature, and the cold specter of past tragedies, this is a wondrous blend of travel writing and detective work that is impossible to set down. RVIEW: Thule, real or not, is ripe and beguiling material for a literary and geographic adventurer, and Kavenna is formidable on both fronts. ... Highly cerebral, erudite, refreshing. (The New York Times Book Review)
A field guide to reality by Joanna Kavenna( Book )
5 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 53 libraries worldwide
Eliade Jencks knows the only reason people call at midnight is to tell you someone has died. Professor Solete was one of her few friends. Perhaps her only friend. But his friends don't think much of her - a vague, scruffy waitress, impatient with philosophical onanism at parties. Naturally, they're horrified to find out that Solete has left her his Field Guide to Reality. The Guide has taken on legendary proportions among the celebrated minds of Oxford. The work of a lifetime, it purportedly advances Solete's great philosophical Theory of Everything and even defines the very nature of reality. A big, important book. Only, they can't find it. So, baffled, grieving, and slightly annoyed, Eliade sets out on a quest for the missing manuscript, and falls down a rabbit-hole of metaphysical possibility. From a psychotropic tea party to the Priests of the Quantum Realm, she trips her way through Solete's wonderland reality and, without quite meaning to, bursts open the boundaries of her own
In search of the lost land of Thule by Joanna Kavenna( Book )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 11 libraries worldwide
Joanna Kavenna has tried to unravel the myth of Thule and to find out just where, if ever, it was. Weaving the history of those who claimed to have found it with her own passion for cold snowy wastes, and erudite observation, Kavenna takes a terrific meandering journey that will delight and inspire. Originally published: London: Viking, 2005
Alchemy : [writers on truth, lies and fiction] by Joanna Kavenna( Book )
1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 7 libraries worldwide
Virginia Woolf : essays on the self by Virginia Woolf( Book )
2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
The bird of love by Joanna Kavenna( Book )
1 edition published in 2013 in Dutch and held by 1 library worldwide
Derivă by Joanna Kavenna( Book )
1 edition published in 2009 in Romanian and held by 1 library worldwide
Bu guang cai de xiao shi by Joanna Kavenna( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in Chinese and held by 1 library worldwide
Zrození lásky by Joanna Kavenna( Book )
1 edition published in 2013 in Czech and held by 1 library worldwide
The ice museum by Joanna Kavenna( Book )
in English and held by 1 library worldwide
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Alternative Names
Joanna Kavenna British writer
English (69)
German (4)
Spanish (2)
Czech (2)
Chinese (1)
Romanian (1)
Dutch (1)
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