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Winter of Artifice by Anaïs Nin
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Winter of Artifice (1939)

by Anaïs Nin

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At times a brilliant piece of work, but not sustained throughout. ( )
  MSarki | Jan 23, 2016 |
Winter of Artifice by Anais Nin is a set of three novelettes that explore relationships between woman and lover, woman and father, and patient and therapist. Nin writes eloquently in her stories and goes deep into the intricacies of the imperfections of relationships. The beauty of her language balances the often negative nature of the stories themselves. The prose used in the three stories give each story a haunting and unearthly quality, while exposing some of the deep seeded realities of human nature.

  dragonflyy419 | Feb 6, 2014 |
Mostly consisting of the very psychoanalytic interior monologues, these stories are best when narrative takes a back seat for pure poetry. Though nothing much happens, the lace-like intricacy of the language is to be admired, as well as the crystaline disentaglement of the murky relationships between human psyches. Very sensual and decadent, Nin is an aesthete's dream. ( )
  librarianbryan | Apr 20, 2012 |
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Stella sat in a small, dark room and watched her own figure acting on the screen.
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Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.
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Out of print since 1939, Anais Nin's second work of fiction is republished for the first time in any language. The book consists of three stories: "Djuna," which, because of censorship, was eliminated entirely from subsequent editions of this title, is Nin's first treatment of the Anais Nin-Henry Miller-June Miller triangle, made famous in the unexpurgated diary entitled 'Henry and June,' which came out in 1986. The second novella, "Lilith," is the symbolic rendering of Nin's incestuous affair with her father, Joaquin Nin. "The Voice," the final novella, describes Nin's relationship with a combined character representing her analysts Otto Rank and Rene Allendy, both of whom had sexual relations with her. The Winter of Artifice is a groundbreaking piece of literature, foraying into realms previously untouched by women writers, and after a long absence, is finally available to readers in the USA and UK for the very first time since its publication in France in 1939.

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Winter of Artifice is a collection of novelettes: 'Stella,' 'Winter of Artifice,' and 'The Voice.'

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