The museum of modern love – a review

Title: The museum of modern love

Author: Heather Rose

Yan’s pick

I picked up this book initially, it was because the author won the Stella Prize for 2017. Then I couldn’t put the book down after the first ten pages.

It is so beautifully written, in literary terms as well in depth. The book was inspired by Marina Abramovic, the performance artist who made many controversial performances in her life, for example, in 1974 Rhythm 0 she allowed people to use any of 72 projects (including a gun) provided by her to torture her and cut her. She was almost killed by an audience member who was prepared to shoot her. Continue reading

2017 Stella Prize Winner

Heather Rose has won the 2017 Stella Prize, worth $50,000, for her novel The Museum of Modern Love (A&U).

Judging panel chair Brenda Walker said the novel, which reimagines Marina Abramovic’s 2010 performance of ‘The Artist is Present’ at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, is an ‘unusual and remarkable achievement, a mediation on the social, spiritual and artistic importance of seeing and being seen, and listening for voices from the present and past that may or may not be easy to hear’.

You can borrow a copy at City of Parramatta Libraries.