Like Proust s petite madeleine, the island opens up a host of images Island the sum of all improbabilities intoxicating improbability of fiction Island image of desire All the islands formulated by human beings and all islands appearing on the maps comprise a single imaginary archipelago the archipelago of desire Monsieur N s original plan to use a Jules VerLike Proust s petite madeleine, the island opens up a host of images Island the sum of all improbabilities intoxicating improbability of fiction Island image of desire All the islands formulated by human beings and all islands appearing on the maps comprise a single imaginary archipelago the archipelago of desire Monsieur N s original plan to use a Jules Verne novel about shipwrecked schoolboys as a translation exercise for his pupils becomes an obsession to collect every reference to islands he can find and to meditate on them in a diary of his imaginary travels his Islandiary Parallel to this quest is an archetypal love story that he begins writing in his notebook, printed in a narrow column with islands of quotations surrounding it Voyaging and the quest for islands becomes a metaphor for the search for paradise, for the island as an imagined place where love achieves perfection It also becomes a metaphor for writing Every text is an island.
The Fear of Losing Eurydice Like Proust s petite madeleine the island opens up a host of images Island the sum of all improbabilities intoxicating improbability of fiction Island image of desire All the islands formulated by hu
I read this Rilke poem, in Stephen Mitchell's translation, at my granny's funeral when I was 19: "Be ahead of all parting, as though it already werebehind you, like the winter that has just gone by.For among these winters there is one so endlessly winterthat only by wintering through it all will your heart survive.Be forever dead in Eurydice-more gladly ariseinto the seamless life proclaimed in your song.Here, in the realm of decline, among momentary days,be the crystal cup that shattered even a [...]
A rather delightfully bookish nugget. Just listen to this lovely list of lovers :: Once upon a time there was a couple: the ideal couple, the perfect couple, the archetypal couple, who would combine in their two faces the features of all the lovers of history, all those who might have been able to fall in love with each other, all those ever imagined by the poets and all those unimagined yet. They were (or would be)Abelard and HéloïseVenus and TannhäuserHamlet and OpheliaAgathe and UlrichSolo [...]
Melissa asked what this book was about, and I told her I wasn't sure, but that there was a couple who were in love, an island, lots of parks, a carnival, and a cafe where the couple drank frozen cocktails and a reader sat drinking mint tea. She said it sounded like a novel she'd like to be in, and then we made iced mint tea and read until bedtime.It's a beautifully written book, full of concepts I didn't care to keep up with because each sentence was so gorgeous. I can't believe nobody I know ha [...]
As a foray into the inner caverns of consciousness, The Fear of Losing Eurydice is not an easy book to follow. While navigating my way through this literary labyrinth I found myself asking lots of questions: Who’s speaking? Where in the world are we? Do physical laws apply here? What time is it? Does time exist in any meaningful sense? Wait, who’s speaking again?The Fear of Losing Eurydice is not an artistic interpretation of the world as Campos knows it. Rather, this “novel” is a unique [...]
It was okay. Too much like the theorists writing novels -- Sontag and CIxous.About islands - a guy writing about islands and lovers, with thoughts about those interspersed
Gorgeous as a very extended prose poem or other hybrid text, but often lacking in a driving or narrative force to the extent that it was meant to be a novel.