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In this brilliant and sobering self-portrait, Edouard Lev 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," Lev 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, Lev '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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Product details

  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 126 x 174 x 12mm | 140.61g
  • Dalkey Archive Press
  • Normal, IL, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1564787079
  • 9781564787071
  • 101,662

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[A] small gem from a writer of great talent and originality. -- Scott Esposito The Quarterly Conversation Autoportrait is a delight the first time around and only gets better upon rereading or being read alongside Lev 's other works. Words Without Borders An unflinching self-portrait. -- Jason DeYoung Num ro Cinq Simultaneously brilliant and banal... This is an autobiography to be read slowly, piece by piece, savoring the sensory details and fragmented stories, all the while pondering what parts of our own lives we would use to tell our own self-portrait. Publishers Weekly Lev 's text is a fluid, absorbing -- and often beautiful -- read. A fascinating piece of work. The Complete Review

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