Edited by Edouard Leve, By (author) Lorin Stein

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  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Format: Paperback | 120 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 174mm x 12mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 15 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Normal, IL
  • ISBN 10: 1564787079
  • ISBN 13: 9781564787071
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 67,481

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In this brilliant and sobering self-portrait, Edouard Leve hides nothing from his readers, setting out his entire life, more or less at random, in a string of declarative sentences. Autoportrait is a physical, psychological, sexual, political, and philosophical triumph. Beyond "sincerity," Leve works toward an objectivity so radical it could pass for crudeness, triviality, even banality: the author has stripped himself bare. With the force of a set of maxims or morals, Leve's prose seems at first to be an autobiography without sentiment, as though written by a machine--until, through the accumulation of detail, and the author's dry, quizzical tone, we find ourselves disarmed, enthralled, and enraptured by nothing less than the perfect fiction...made entirely of facts.

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An unflinching self-portrait.--Jason DeYoung"Num?ro Cinq" (01/01/0001)