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Touch To Affliction by Nathanaël
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Touch To Affliction

by Nathanaël

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From the ruins of poetry, fiction and philosophy comes Touch To Affliction, a meditation on the notion of homeland, on patrie and the inhumanity that arises from it. This is a text obsessed with ruins: the ruins of genre, of language, of the city, of the body. The history of the twentieth century is a history of barbarism, and Stephens walks, like a flneur, through its midst, experiencing through her own body the crumbled buildings, the desiccated cities, the eviscerated language and humanity of our time, calling out in passing to those before her who have contemplated atrocity: Martin Buber, Henryk Gorecki, Simone Weil. In the end, it considers what we are left with, indeed, what is left of us, as both participants in and heirs to the twentieth century. Insistently political but never polemical, Touch To Affliction, at the interstices of thought and the unnamable, is at once lament, accusation and elegy.… (more)

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