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Nightwood is not only a classic of modernist literature, but was also acknowledged by T. S. Eliot as one of the great novels of the 20th century. Eliot admired Djuna Barnes' rich, evocative language. Barnes told a friend that Nightwood was written with her own blood 'while it was still running.' That flowing wound was the breakup of an eight-year relationship with the love of her life.

Now recognised as a twentieth-century classic, the influence of Djuna Barnes's novel has been, and continues to be, exceptional.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 13mm | 158g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 057123528X
  • 9780571235285
  • 33,660

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Djuna Barnes is a writer of wild and original gifts. . . .To her name there is always to be attached the splendor of Nightwood, a lasting achievement of her great gifts and eccentricities---her passionate prose and, in this case, a genuineness of human passions.--Elizabeth Hardwick
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About Djuna Barnes

Djuna Barnes was born in 1892 in Cornwall-on-Hudson in New York State. In 1912 she enrolled as a student at Pratt Institute and then at the Art Students' League, and while she was there she started to work as a reporter and illustrator for the Brooklyn Eagle. In 1921 she moved to Paris, where she lived for almost twenty years and wrote for such publications as Vanity Fair and the New Yorker. Nightwood, written in 1936, was her second novel. It is now considered a masterpiece, praised by T. S. Eliot for its 'great achievement of a style, the beauty of phrasing, the brilliance of wit and characterization, and a quality of horror and doom very nearly related to that of Elizabethan tragedy'. Her other works include A Book, a collection of short stories, poems and one-act plays; a satirical novel, Ladies Almanack; and a verse play, The Antiphon. She died in New York in 1982.
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Review Text

"Robin ist das Nachtgewächs, die Schlingpflanze und die Nymphe. Ihr Leben ist Zufall in Permanenz. Djuna Barnes beschreibt Verwandlungen. Die Frau spielt Mann, der Mann möchte Frau sein. Das Kostüm und der Betrug retten aus der falschen Welt: Weil ich eine Frau bin, die von Gott vergessen wurde. Das Nachtgewächs ist ein Bekenntnis der Inzucht von Gefühlen. Man muß den Extrakt dieser Pflanze kosten, langsam, schlürfend und pustend, ganz so als handele es sich um eine kochend heiße Bouillon. Das Nachtgewächs ist ein Objekt des Staunens, kühn und kühl. Es ist komponiert nach der Melodie einer zeitlosen Zeit." (Verena Auffermann, Frankfurter Rundschau)
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6,822 ratings
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4 31% (2,131)
3 24% (1,651)
2 11% (725)
1 5% (336)
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