Ladders to Fire, Children of the Albatross, The Four-Chambered Heart, A Spy in the House of Love, Seduction of the Minotaur. Haunting and hypnotic, these five novels by Anais Nin began in 1946 to appear in quiet succession. Though published separately over the next fifteen years, the five were conceived as a continuous experience-a continuous ...
Ladders to Fire, Children of the Albatross, The Four-Chambered Heart, A Spy in the House of Love, Seduction of the Minotaur. Haunting and hypnotic, these five novels by Anais Nin began in 1946 to appear in quiet succession. Though published separately over the next fifteen years, the five were conceived as a continuous experience-a continuous novel like Proust's, real and flowing as a river. The full impact of Anais Nin's genius is only to be found through reading the novels in context and in succession. They form a rich, luminous tapestry whose overall theme Nin has called "woman at war with herself." Characters, symbols appear and reappear: now one, now another unfolding, gradually revealing, changing, struggling, growing, and Nin had forged an evocative language all her own for the telling. "The diary taught me that there were no neat ends to novels, no neat denouement, no neat synthesis," she explains. "So I began an endless novel, a novel in which the climaxes consisted of discoveries in awareness, each step in awareness becoming a stage in the growth like the layers in trees." Cities of the Interior fulfills a long-time desire on the part of readers, publisher, and Anais Nin herself to reunite the five novels in a single volume.
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Very good. Cover has minor shelf wear. The pages are clean and unmarked. Attractive book with some signs of use. All items guaranteed, and a portion of each sale supports social programs in Los Angeles. Ships from CA.
Good. Ex-Library ISBN: 0-8040-0666-0, Ex-school library with torn pocket-slip affixed to the ffep, stamps to the block edges and endpapers has been blacked out; light shelf wear to the extremities, minor crease tot he rear cover top and bottom. Text itself is clean. 'The five novels of Cities of the Interior were published individually during the 1940s and 1950s, a period that was unreceptive to introspective, lyrical prose. They met with critical misunderstanding and a hostility that has gradually mellowed into a grudging recognition by the U.S. literary establishment of [the author's] achievement in fiction....[This book] is a modernist work, but it has had the misfortune to be published after the first exciting decades of the movement had passed, repressed in some countries, in others suppressed....The individual novels as well as the one-volume edition of Cities that was published in 1959 appeared a few years before the rediscovery and return in the 1960s to many of the political and aesthetic beliefs and ideals that characterized modernism. ' 587 pages.
Fair. Book is well read but remains a good reading copy with all of the pages and binding intact. The spine has bends and the cover has wear from reading including rubbing and bends. May have writing or highlighting. Quick response.
New. "My original concept was Roman Fleuve, a series of novels on various aspects of relationships, portraying four women in a continuous symphony of experience". --Anais Nin, from the introduction to the British edition of Ladders to Fire.
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