Cities of the Interior: Ladders to Fire, Children of the Albatross, the Four-Chambered Heart

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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 Anaïs 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 Anaïs Nin's genius is only to be found through reading the novels in ...

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Overview

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 Anaïs 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 Anaïs 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 Anaïs Nin herself to reunite the five novels in a single volume.

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**** A reprint of the 1959 Swallow Press edition cited in BCL3 and containing Ladders to fire, Children of the albatross, A Spy in the house of love, The Four-chambered heart, and Seduction of the minotaur. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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“A prose/poetry dream; a lyrical celebration of the inner life and the images it evokes.”
— Daniel Stern

“Beautiful, rare novels.”
— Karl Shapiro

”Real and unmistakable genius.”
— Rebecca West

“She explores relationships on a level to which few contemporary novelists penetrate.”
— The Atlantic

“She wishes to immerse readers in that flow of sensibility and reflection from which human beings distill the significance of what they do and suffer.”
— New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804006651
  • Publisher: Swallow Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1974
  • Pages: 589

Meet the Author

Anaïs Nin (1903–1977) was one of the most unique literary figures of this century. As a novelist she was distinctly catalytic, and her life-long diary resembles no other in the history of letters. Her books have been translated in a dozen languages.

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