ISBN 9780857420251,Tombe

Tombe

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ISBN 9780857420251
Publisher

Seagull Books

Publication Year 2014
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780857420251

ISBN-10 0857420259
Binding

Hardback

Number of Pages 260 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Literary Collections

In 1968-69 I wanted to die, that is to say, stop living, being killed, but it was blocked on all sides," wrote Helene Cixous, esteemed French feminist, playwright, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist.Instead of suicide, she began to dream of writing a tomb for herself. This tomb became a work that is a testament to Cixous's life and spirit and a secret book, the first book she ever authored. Originally written in 1970, "Tombe" is a Homerian recasting of Shakespeare's "Venus and Adonis" in the thickets of Central Park, a book Cixous provocatively calls the "all-powerful-other of all my books, it sparks them off, makes them run, it is their Messiah." Masterfully translated by Laurent Milesi, "Tombe" preserves the sonic complexities and intricate wordplay at the core of Cixous's writing, and reveals the struggles, ideas, and intents at the center of her work. With a new prologue by the author, this is a necessary document in the development of Cixous's aesthetic as a writer and theorist, and will be eagerly welcomed by readers as a crucial building block in the foundation of her later work

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