What does it mean to give birth, and how does it feel to be born? This exquisite book by Noémi Kiss is subtitled ‘foetal prose.’ A rhythmic succession of narratives, monologues, notes and meditations describes the whole process of birth, from artificial insemination to labour, ending with the first birthday of the twins. Some of the stories are told from the perspective of the mother, others from that of the twins. Birth is present in this book as a physiological reality and spiritual miracle, with its various stages of hoping, pain and helplessness, and the hard-earned moments when mother and child manage to find a common language. As a result of a cosmic yet banal process, ‘I’ and ‘you’ merge into ‘we.’ Confronting a number of taboos about pregnancy and child-rearing, the book of Noémi Kiss is liberating reading.
Mother of Twins describes the happy and liberating yet at times harrowing months of pregnancy and the first year after the birth of the children with extraordinary power and lyricism.” (Orsolya Kolozsi, Könyvesblog)
ISBN 978 963 1430 81 3
2013, hard cover with jacket
108 pages, 123×184 mm
Excerpt on hlo.hu
English and German excerpts available