The World of Ottessa Moshfegh’s Lapvona Is One of Meaningless Cruelty

While waiting for an unspecified conclusion — to their lives? to the world? — Nell, the mother character in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, remarks that there is “nothing funnier than unhappiness.” One imagines that if Ottessa Moshfegh were to interject herself into this conversation she would wryly add, apart from pitiless inescapable cruelty. The author of […]