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    DescriptionOriginally published in 1936, House of Incest is Anais Nin's first work of fiction. The novel is a surrealistic look within the narrator's subconscious mind as she attempts to escape from a dream in which she is trapped, or in Nin's words, as she attempts to escape from the woman's season in hell. In the documentary Anais Observed, Nin says House of Incest was based on dreams she'd had for more than a year. Nin's usage of the word incest in this case is metaphorical, not literal. In this book the word incest describes a selfish love where one can appreciate in another only that which is similar to oneself. One is then only loving oneself, shunning all differences. At first, such a self-love can seem ideal because it is without fear and without risk. But eventually it becomes a sterile nightmare.


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    Title
    House of Incest
    Subtitle
    Prose Poetry
    Authors and contributors
    Photographs by Val Telberg, By (author) Anais Nin
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 72
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 193 mm
    Thickness: 8 mm
    Weight: 91 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780804001489
    ISBN 10: 0804001480
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    DC21: 811.54
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    Ingram Theme: APPR/RDRCAT
    DC22: 811/.54
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    LC classification: PS3527.I86, PS3527.I865 H6 1989
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Publisher
    Ohio University Press
    Imprint name
    Ohio University Press
    Publication date
    31 December 1992
    Publication City/Country
    Ohio
    Author Information
    Anais Nin--the celebrated novelst, diarist, and short story writer--was born in France and spent her childhood in various parts of Europe and in New York. Nin returned to New York just before the outbreak of World War II, and she spent the rest of her life living there and in Paris and Los Angeles. Her work is characterized by a interest in the subconscious. Her five novels in the Cities of the Interior series focus on different female types and follow their lives through lovers, art, and analysis. In 1973 Nin received an honorary doctorate from Philadelphia College of Art. She was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1974.
    Review quote
    "House of Incest is a strange and challenging work that demands the full attention of the reader. It is not so much a story of people (although it certainly is that) as it is a visit into the hellish nightmare of the narrator's experience from which she emerges satisfactorily. But, however one approaches the work, House of Incest is Nin's best work of fiction and one that contains most of her basic themes, images and patterns that she would use in her later work."-- Benjamin Franklin and Duane Schneider