Mirages: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin, 1939-1947 (英語) ハードカバー – 2013/11/1
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Mirages opens at the dawn of World War II, when Anaïs Nin fled Paris, where she lived for fifteen years with her husband, banker Hugh Guiler, and ends in 1947 when she meets the man who would be the One, the lover who would satisfy her insatiable hunger for connection. In the middle looms a period Nin describes as hell, during which she experiences a kind of erotic madness, a delirium that fuels her search for love. As a child suffering abandonment by her father, Anaïs wrote, Close your eyes to the ugly things, and, against a horrifying backdrop of war and death, Nin combats the worlds darkness with her own search for light.
Mirages collects, for the first time, the story that was cut from all of Nins other published diaries, particularly volumes 3 and 4 ofThe Diary of Anaïs Nin, which cover the same time period. It is the long-awaited successor to the previous unexpurgated diariesHenry and June, Incest, Fire, and Nearer the Moon. Mirages answers the questions Nin readers have been asking for decades: What led to the demise of Nins love affair with Henry Miller? Just how troubled was her marriage to Hugh Guiler? What is the story behind Nins children, the effeminate young men she seemed to collect at will?Mirages is a deeply personal story of heartbreak, despair, desperation, carnage, and deep mourning, but it is also one of courage, persistence, evolution, and redemption that reaches beyond the personal to the universal.
"The celebrated diarist, novelist and electric personality reappears with all the fire of her eroticism in pages untouched by a Bowdler or a Puritan... Readers will find Nin a most entertaining companion-her multiple simultaneous relationships with men, her gleefully graphic descriptions of sex acts... In one late entry, Nin complains, mildly: 'My world is so large I get lost in it'; readers will do the same-and gratefully so." -Kirkus Reviews "Anais Nin (1903-1977) is not only one of history's most dedicated diarists, but also a vocal expounder of the idea that keeping a diary enhances your creativity... Mirages (is) revelatory in its entirety." -Brain Pickings "Exquisitely nuanced, ornate, delicate and raw, endlessly evocative and provocative. Nobody does it better." -Washington Independent Review of Books "(Mirages)...is a highly personal account of Nin's inner life and relationships..." -Choice "The reader benefits from (Nin's) thoughtful, unique perspective on America in the 1940s, as she reinvented herself as a first-class feminist, entrepreneur and a woman with an incredibly erotic daily life, told through sensual and graphic details... Anais Nin's diaries have become the standard for personal diaries only a few writers could match. The curious reader, seeking graphic details of Nin's encounters with intimacy won't be disappointed." -Blog Critics "This fifth in a series of unexpurgated diary volumes by American novelist and short story and erotica writer Nin (House of Incest; Delta of Venus) covers a period longer than any other volume to date... Nin's life was steeped in secrecy, lies, passion, longing, and introspection, perhaps the most so during this period. Of the unexpurgated diary volumes thus far, this one benefits the most from full disclosure, illustrating the greater extents of Nin's fragility and ferocity and revealing dimensions of the writer that deeply enrich the reading of her work."- Library Journal "The fifth volume in the unexpurgated series that is gradually replacing the earlier, sanitized edition of Nin's famous diary begins with her 1939 flight from war-shadowed Paris to New York and tracks her struggles to adapt to America and reconfigure her writing life... Nin-calculating, theatrical, and prodigious-provides cascading insights into the traumas that made her a 'demon of intensity' determined to turn her life into a literary work of unique psychological revelation."- Booklist商品の説明をすべて表示する
I found Nin's long section on her relationship with the young twenty year old, Gore Vidal when she was in her forties, interesting. They did not consummate the relationship with sex because he was gay but the relationship was intimate and full of love between them and ends badly. I know there then became an angry bitter feud between Vidal and Nin but this book only hints at that. I will have to read more about Gore Vidal's personal life to learn more about what happened.
I'm struck by reading about all these sex activities that if we were reading about the same thing in the life of a man people would not find it shocking or make judgements. It has been considered manly to have notches in one's belt, and slutty for a woman to have many sexual encounters - especially with all relationships going on at the same time.
Mirages ends with Anaïs meeting Rupert Pole, the man she was living with when she died. Pole was her second husband while she was also married Hugo. How she managed all these relationships is mind boggling to think about. I'm hoping there will be yet another volume that includes the relationship with Rupert Pole.
There is no way the material in Mirages could have been published when Nin was alive, not just because of the people mentioned but how the public would have responded. Unless one reads the original diaries the content of this diary does not give the whole picture and takes on a different meaning. Anaïs Nin might have had a very active sex life, but that was not all there was to this woman. Is there any whole picture of this sexually prolific, literary prolific mysterious woman, Anaïs Nin? If you are an Anaïs Nin fan, read the book and if you aren't begin with the beginning diaries.
"We choose not randomly each other. We meet only those who already exists in our subconscious."
..."strength is a rhythm, not an absolute."
"Life heals you if you allow it to flow, if you do not allow it to trap you."
Diary of just before and during WW2. Again an again she plays the role of creative mother, muse, lover to _many_ all the while undergoing analysis to understand why she is afraid to receive a love equals her own capacity to love.
"The human being we relate to best is the one who reflects our present psychic state."
Her entries are rich and poignant - here her dieing / dead love for Gonzalo More:
"lt is the old passion, the old love which guides our steps, which orders the drinks, guides our talk; it is the old passion which makes pale gestures with familiar warmth. The spark is not there, only a human, lingering echo of the past."
She is not easily categorized. My provincalism wants to make judgements and then she writes this about her relationship with a young Gore Vidal:
"...,Gore, my love, I see you so clearly now. I see you insecure and leaning for support on external values, because you don't yet know your inner personal values. I love you deeply for this true inner self revealed to me in your sincerity. This that you do not yet see or know clearly is the most valuable part of you. You need external proof of love, of your value, but they will count as nothing if you do not acquire faith in the core. There alone lies strength. Your faith in the hidden core, the best, where
feeling and creation and deep values issue, that is what we must seek together..."
"Gore, my love, I lie here listening to music and so filled with you that I marvel that an incomplete love should seem so complete. I ask myself whether you feel this, the intensity of a full love, the sense of completeness, of fulfillment. (Gore read this and wrote in his own hand, "Yes.")
"This was the hardest of all surrenders: to give up being his analyst, the needed one, for the sake of the strength he will get. I want him strong. I want him to suffer less than I have. This is his reward for his own courage, his own capacity to love, his responsiveness, his constant truthfulness. He is so truthful, so direct, so worthy of being given all. I want to give him all the strength, all the power that comes from self-knowledge."
"strength is a rhythm, not an absolute."
"Life heals you if you allow it to flow, if you do not allow it to trap you."
"l am free, as long as I don’t look too long at his mouth."(Gore Vidal)
Incredible read. Yes she names names and gets into a degree of erotic detail in spots - but the most incredible thing to watch through her diary is her emerging (healed) self.
Please see first and/or second edition of my Understanding Anais Nin available through Amazon and my own website on angelfire.
But I still love the diaries. Taken altogether this is your best chance to really know a person through a lifetime of their most intimate thoughts.