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House of Incest
     

House of Incest

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by Anaïs Nin
 

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2016 Reprint of 1947 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Originally published in 1936, this is Anaïs Nin's first work of fiction. But unlike her diaries and erotica, "House of Incest" does not detail the author's relationships with her famous lovers, nor does it contain graphic depiction of sex.

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2016 Reprint of 1947 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Originally published in 1936, this is Anaïs Nin's first work of fiction. But unlike her diaries and erotica, "House of Incest" does not detail the author's relationships with her famous lovers, nor does it contain graphic depiction of sex. Rather, it is a surrealistic look within the narrator's subconscious mind as she attempts to escape from a dream in which she is trapped, or in Nin's words, as she attempts to escape from "the woman's season in hell." Nin's usage of the word "incest" in this case is metaphorical, not literal. In other words, in this book the word "incest" describes a selfish love where one can appreciate in another only that which is similar to oneself.

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“House of Incest is a strange and challenging work that demands the full attention of the reader. It is not so much a story of people (although it certainly is that) as it is a visit into the hellish nightmare of the narrator's experience from which she emerges satisfactorily. But, however one approaches the work, House of Incest is Nin’s best work of fiction and one that contains most of her basic themes, images and patterns that she would use in her later work."
— Benjamin Franklin and Duane Schneider

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781684220021
Publisher:
Martino Fine Books
Publication date:
07/05/2016
Pages:
46
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.11(d)

Meet the Author

Anais Nin—the celebrated novelst, diarist, and short story writer—was born in France and spent her childhood in various parts of Europe and in New York. Nin returned to New York just before the outbreak of World War II, and she spent the rest of her life living there and in Paris and Los Angeles. Her work is characterized by a interest in the subconscious. Her five novels in the Cities of the Interior series focus on different female types and follow their lives through lovers, art, and analysis. In 1973 Nin received an honorary doctorate from Philadelphia College of Art. She was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1974.

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