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Prolific French novelist and theorist Cixous presents another thought-provoking work, combining literature, philosophy, and biographical elements to present the story of a young Frenchwoman who journeys in 1965 to the United States on a Fulbright scholarship to consult famous writers' manuscripts. She visits different locales and libraries to conduct her research, and in her travels she becomes acquainted with American culture and an alluring intellectual she meets at Yale. In reminiscing years later, she fixates on Manhattan, its landmarks (e.g., Central Park and a vanished hotel), and this brilliant individual. Cixous alludes often to the labyrinth metaphor and structures this work much like a labyrinth: the story meanders, avoids following a certain temporal and narrative order, and follows many paths. Brahic, who has translated other works by Cixous (Dream I Tell You), includes endnotes when necessary to clarify some of the wordplays found in the French edition. Translating an author who enjoys playing with text is challenging, but Brahic excels at the task. Highly recommended for libraries that support women's studies and French literature collections.
—Erica Swenson Danowitz