Manhattan: Letters from Prehistory

Manhattan: Letters from Prehistory

Helene Cixous


long island is the story of a tender French pupil who travels to the U.S. in 1965 on a Fulbright Fellowship to refer to the manuscripts of cherished authors. In Yale University's Beinecke Library, tantalized through the conversational and epistolary brilliance of a fellow researcher, she is lured right into a picaresque and tragic experience. in the meantime, again in France, her young ones and no-nonsense mom anticipate her go back. a tender eu intellectual's first touch with the USA and town of recent York are the history of this tale. The adventure of long island haunts this labyrinth of a ebook as, over a interval of thirty-five years, its narrator visits and revisits primary Park and a half-buried squirrel, the Statue of Liberty and a by no means back to be came upon lodge within the area of Morningside Heights: a trip into reminiscence during which every thing is rarely the same.Traveling from library to library, France to the U.S., Shakespeare to Kafka to Joyce, new york deploys with gusto all of the thoughts for which Cixous's fiction and essays are identified: quick juxtapositions of time and position, narrative and outline, research and philosophical mirrored image. It investigates matters Cixous has spent her existence probing: interpreting, writing, and the omnipotence-otherseductions of literature; a family's flight from NaziGermany and postcolonial Algeria; early life, motherhood, and, now not least, the unusual adventure of falling in love with, as Jacques Derrida writes, a counterfeit genius.

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