The Elusive Embrace: Desire and the Riddle of Identity

The Elusive Embrace: Desire and the Riddle of Identity

Daniel Mendelsohn


Hailed for its searing emotional insights, and for the wonderful originality with which it weaves jointly own background, cultural essay, and readings of classical texts through Sophocles, Ovid, Euripides, and Sappho, The Elusive Embrace is a profound exploration of the mysteries of identity.  It can be a meditation within which the writer makes use of his personal divided lifestyles to enquire the "rich conflictedness of things," the double lives we all lead.

Daniel Mendelsohn recollects the deceptively quiet suburb the place he grew up, torn among his mathematician father's pursuit of clinical fact and the beautiful lies spun via his Orthodox Jewish grandfather; the streets of manhattan's most up-to-date "gay ghetto," the place "desire for romance" competes with "love of desire;" and the quiet moonlit residence the place an in depth friend's small son teaches him the which means of fatherhood.  And, eventually, in a overlooked Jewish cemetery, the writer uncovers a  family mystery that finds the common want for storytelling, for inventing myths of the self.  The publication that Hilton Als calls "equal to Whitman's 'Song of Myself,'" The Elusive Embrace marks a stunning literary debut.

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