Autoportrait

ISBN-10: 1564787079
ISBN-13: 9781564787071
Edition: 2012
List price: $13.99
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Description: In this brilliant and sobering self-portrait, Edouard Levé 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $13.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date: 2/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 120
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

In this brilliant and sobering self-portrait, Edouard Levé 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 '¬Ssincerity,'¬ Levé 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, Levé'¬"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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