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Madame Bildungsroman’s Optimistic Worldview

by Nora Chassler

Micro-essays and flash-fiction from one of the UK's most original contemporary writers.

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In this collection of ‘fragments, pensées and table-talk’, Nora Chassler turns her attention to the great questions of contemporary life and literature, aided by a papier-mâché mannequin named Madame Bildungsroman. Together, they exclaim visions and visitations, proclamations and protestations, fierce one-liners and bittersweet memories; each offering a unique insight into the mind of one of our most original writers.

"Offers a brilliant perspective on existence through fragments and aperçus: ambiguous, acerbic, moving and searingly intelligent."
— Regi Claire

"There are very few books you wish to reread immediately upon finishing, but this was one for me. I highly recommend her other books as well. In a hundred years it’s possible having known Nora will be the other thing I am remembered for."
— Sean Ono Lennon (on Instagram)


Nora Chassler was born in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1972, and grew up in New York City. She has an undergraduate degree in English from Hunter College, CUNY, in New York, and a Masters in Creative Writing from St Andrews. She has worked as a model and a social worker. She lives in Edinburgh.

Her first novel, Miss Thing, was published by Two Ravens Press in 2010. Her second, Grandmother Divided by Monkey Equals Outer Space, was published by Valley Press in 2015. A collection of ‘fragments, pensées and table-talk’ titled Madame Bildungsroman’s Optimistic Worldview followed in 2017, and an epic poem, The Minnow Would Be Lost, in October 2020.


Edition: Paperback / Limited Hardback

Date Published: 2017-07-20

ISBN: 9781908853820

Catalogue Number: VP0099

Number of Pages: 72

Cover design by Jamie McGarry

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