Mitz: The Marmoset of Bloomsbury

Soft Skull Press, 2007

“At that time I had a marmoset called Mitz which accompanied me everywhere, sitting on my shoulder or inside my waistcoat.” — Leonard Woolf, Downhill All the Way

From the citation for the 1999 Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters:

A lesson to all of us who foolishly believed that Flush exhausted the unpromising genre of pet biography, Mitz takes Flush back to the muse, the marmoset that briefly belonged to Virginia and Leonard Woolf. In prose so lucid, so supple, so exquisitely entertaining we only slowly realize we are in the presence of art, Sigrid Nunez constructs a diagram of love and solicitude and abiding solitude: Mitz is tender, astute, wise, funny, and deeply, unsentimentally sad—for all its charm, a novel of masterly formal intelligence.

Praise for Mitz

“Nunez takes great risks with this novel…. [A]t its very best the book takes on the edginess of Mrs. Dalloway.” —Chicago Tribune

“Mitz shimmers with an emotional truth missing from the most rigorous Bloomsbury histories.” — Editors’ Choices, The Village Voice 

“In short, glistening sentences that refract the larger world, Ms. Nunez describes the appealingly eccentric, fiercely intelligent Woolfs during a darkening time.” — Wall Street Journal