“In the footsteps of the surrealist Leonora Carrington, past ecofeminism, cultural workers, Star Wars and coral reefs. Unreality hunger!”
Carline Tromp, Klassekampen, Best of 2019
“Christensen’s third book cements her position as a brilliant essayist, a writer with the courage to go her own ways … The music of this book is entirely unique”
“A magnificent apologia for the validity of art criticism. Cultural worker Susanne Christensen dons a pair of surreal sunglasses, and throws a blindingly clear gaze at our time throught the dreamy vision of the forgotten artist Leonora Carrington … In a personal and hearfelt way she weaves her own precarious existence as an art critic and cultural worker in out of Leonora’s life as an artist … this essay is a completely overwhelming piece of literature … It’s quite simply extraordinarly impressive … Susanne Christensen simply writes insanely well”
“Impressive … With Leonora’s Journey, Christensen has in an exemplary way shown how one can and should write about art. She manages to write about surrealism in a light, cool prose that makes the heavy material fly across the book pages. Carrington’s art, her writings and paintings, are, in Christensen’s interpretation, woven together with questions surrounding climate, mental health and … Donald Trump himself. It’s an impressive book on one artist’s oeuvre, but more importantly, Christensen shows how art in general can be written about in a way that doesn’t make it seem like something out of a museum, but on the contrary topical and significant.
“Alchemy and animal magic, surrealism and exile. Leonora Carrington’s life was created for literature … lots of surprising and thought-provoking passages … There are some really bold leaps of thought in Christensen’s book, such as when she situates Leonora Carrington in the final fighting scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), light sabres in the snow and all. At first glance the anachronism seems estranging, but it turns out to hang together impeccably”