Wo­man Walks Into A Room

How Ni­cole Krauss Rein­vented Her­self For Her New Novel

Forward Magazine - - Contents - By Talya Zax

This past spring, the au­thor Ni­cole Krauss went to New York’s Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art to see an ex­hibit of prints by the 17th­cen­tury Dutch artist Her­cules Segers. A trail of blood led down the hall­way to the ex­hibit. When Krauss emerged from the gallery, that trail was still there, a record of some vi­o­lence that had oc­curred in the or­di­nar­ily pris­tine set­ting.

The scene might have been writ­ten by Krauss, who has a pen­chant for ex­am­in­ing the in­tru­sion of the strange and sur­real upon the ev­ery- day. Given that she also has a pen­chant for cen­ter­ing her nov­els on un­likely ob­jects — one of the main char­ac­ters in her 2010 novel “Great House” was a desk — it’s pos­si­ble, and even likely, that she would choose the trail of blood to be her pro­tag­o­nist. Krauss, 42, told me that story (the spec­u­la­tion about pro­tag­o­nists is my own) in April, af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing in a panel about Jewish his­tory and mem­ory at Bard Col­lege. It was a cool day, with half-open daf­fodils dot­ting the se­cluded cam­pus.

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