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House of Incest - Anaïs Nin, Val Telberg
House of Incest
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Originally published in 1936, House of Incest is Anais Nin's first work of fiction. The novel 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... show more
Originally published in 1936, House of Incest is Anais Nin's first work of fiction. The novel 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." In the documentary Anais Observed, Nin says House of Incest was based on dreams she'd had for more than a year.Nin's usage of the word incest in this case is metaphorical, not literal. In this book the word incest describes a selfish love where one can appreciate in another only that which is similar to oneself. One is then only loving oneself, shunning all differences. At first, such a self-love can seem ideal because it is without fear and without risk. But eventually it becomes a sterile nightmare.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780804001489 (0804001480)
Publisher: Swallow Press
Pages no: 72
Edition language: English
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A Reading Vocation
A Reading Vocation rated it
3.0 Book 25/100: House of Incest by Anais Nin
Around the Year Reading Challenge Item #8: A Classic Book with Less than 200 PagesI don't remember what made me want to read this book in the first place; I just remember having a vague sense about 10 years ago that I should read some Anais Nin. So, now I have!And I'm not quite sure what to make of ...
Musings of a Bibliomaniac
Musings of a Bibliomaniac rated it
5.0
What do they say about pretty words strung together into passages pregnant with symbolism and implications, some of them beyond the grasp of a dilettante like me? How do they compartmentalize Anaïs Nin's writing? 'Erotica' they like to call it, perhaps, putting focus on the sexual imagery Nin invoke...
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