Moshfegh’s protagonist is not interested in the overwhelming sensations of the scandalous. She seeks a sleep characterised by an enveloping blankness. But can this blankness itself be a source of shock? Can this shutting down of emotions – a shift into a mode of unfeeling – be an effective form of resistance to, and rupture of, the perpetually new and fleeting sensations that characterise modernity? The novel’s sleeve claims that it shows us ‘how reasonable, even necessary' her quest is. If this is accurate, it perhaps results from Moshfegh’s placement of her narrative in the space between the solipsistic self and the world of the social – the gap between the delicate, sensitive consciousness and the intruding world around it.
Narcolepsy, Ottessa Moshfegh, My Year of Rest and Relxation
How to Cite
Griffin, N., (2022) “‘Narcolepsy in Ottessa Moshfegh’s My Year of Rest and Relaxation”, Moveable Type 14(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.1755-4527.136