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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' 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' 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 inx the development of Cixous' 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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Product details

  • Hardback | 260 pages
  • 136 x 203 x 25mm | 384g
  • Greenford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0857420259
  • 9780857420251
  • 795,657

Review quote

"Cixous, important as she is as a feminist theorist and activist, is equally important as an accurate emotional sounding board for women everywhere. As such, her articulation of powerful, if delicate, perceptions in lucid prose/poetry compels the attention of European and American readers.... The power of her prose is philosophically sound." (Choice) "Cixous is today, in my view, the greatest writer in what I will caU my language, the French language if you like. And I am weighing my words as I say that. For a great writer must be a poet-thinker, very much a poet and a very thinking poet." (Jacques Derrida)"
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About Helene Cixous

Helene Cixous was born in Oran, Algeria, and is emeritus professor of literature at the Universite Paris VIII, where she founded and directed the Centre de recherches en etudes feminines. She is the author of over seventy works of fiction, plays, and collections of critical essays; recent titles in English translation include So Close, Zero's Neighbour: Sam Beckett, Hemlock, and Philippines. Laurent Milesi is a reader in literature and critical theory at Cardiff University. He has also translated Cixous's Philippines and Zero's Neighbour: Sam Beckett among other books.
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