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Day I Wasn''t There

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Informationen zum Autor HÉLÈNE CIXOUS is a French writer, feminist philosopher, playwright, critic, and activist who continues to influence writers, scholars, and feminists around the world. Her recent works include Reveries of the Wild Woman (Northwestern, forthcoming), The Third Body (Northwestern, 1999), Veils (with Jacques Derrida) (Stanford, 2001), Portrait of Jacques Derrida as a Young Jewish Saint (Columbia, 2003), and The Writing Notebooks of Hélène Cixous (Continuum, 2004). BEVERLEY BIE BRAHIC is also the translator of Hélène Cixous's Reveries of the Wild Woman. Klappentext The feminist writer explores the extreme borders of motherhood and humanity In this memoir-novel! a narrator who resembles Helene Cixous obsessively recounts an incident-the premature death of her first born child! a Down's Syndrome baby left in the care of the clinic in Algeria where her midwife mother works. She uses this event to probe her family history and her relationship with her mother! a refugee from Nazi Germany; her dead father! after whom the baby is named; and her medical-student brother! who takes on some of the duties of a father figure. Cixous's elusive writing bears all the trademarks of her poetic! provocative style! vivid with word play! intense feeling and a stream-of-consciousness that moves freely over time and place. The narrator's mother claims not to remember what happened! and the brother tries to fill in some gaps in the story. By the end of the book we understand the significance of the title: one day Cixous's mother returned to the clinic to find the baby on the brink of death. Rather than attempt to save him she chose to end his suffering. By closing the door to the imaginary clinic at the end! the narrator at last resolves the feelings of guilt and realizes that each human being has a fate they must endure. Informed by psychoanalytical theory! and always brutally honest! "The Day I Wasn't There is above all an intimate study of a woman's inner landscape. Zusammenfassung A memoir-novel that narrates an incident - the premature death of a first-born child! a Down syndrome baby left in the care of the clinic in Algeria. This story uses the event to probe the family history and relationship with the mother! a refugee from Nazi Germany; the dead father! after whom the baby is named; and the medical-student brother. ...

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Authors Helene Cixous, Helene/ Brahic Cixous
Assisted by Beverley Bie Brahic (Translation)
Publisher Northwestern University Press
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 30.05.2006
EAN 9780810123649
ISBN 978-0-8101-2364-9
No. of pages 112
Dimensions 152 mm x 229 mm x 6 mm
Series Avant-Garde & Modernism Collec
Avant-garde and Modernism Studies
Avant-garde and Modernism Studies
Avant-Garde & Modernism Studies
Avant-Garde & Modernism Collec
Subjects Fiction > Narrative literature
Humanities, art, music > Linguistics and literary studies > General and comparative literary studies

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