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“The genesis of House of Incest was in the dream. The keeping of dreams was an important part of that exploration of the unconscious. But I discovered dreams in themselves, isolated, were not always interesting. Very few of them had the complete imagery and tension to arouse others’ interest. They were fragmented. The surrealists delighted in the image themselves. This was ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published January 1st 1958 by Swallow Press (first published 1915)
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Amira Mahmoud


أناييس ننّ، الكاتبة الفرنسية
التي اقرأ لها لأول مرة
فعل القراءة لها مُربك
خاصة لمن لم يعتاد هذا الأسلوب في الكتابة بعد

بيت المحرمات
هي نصوص شعرية، أقرب إلى الهذيان منها إلى حالة الكتابة
وبالرغم من شاعرية النص، لن تجد فيه المفردات الجذابة المعتادة في النصوص الشعرية
أناييس ننّ تترك الطبيعة والجمال وكل تلك الكلمات التي يستعين بها الشعراء لجعل نصوصهم موسيقية وشاعرية
وتستعيض عنها بوصف الخراب والدمار داخلها، وتشبيهات غريبة الأطوار تمامًا كما أن نصوصها غريبة الأطوار!!
تشبه الأشياء من حولها بالمعادن!
كل فعل وكل
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Samadrita
What do they say about pretty words strung together into passages pregnant with symbolism and implications, some of them beyond the grasp of a dilettante like me? How do they compartmentalize Anaïs Nin's writing?
'Erotica' they like to call it, perhaps, putting focus on the sexual imagery Nin invokes with the flair of her pen.

But I would rather not enclose Nin's genius inside the banal prison of a genre like erotica. Her words, like splotches of the most exotic water color, coalesce into an abs
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Abubakar Mehdi
May 13, 2016 Abubakar Mehdi rated it really liked it
Hemingway once famously said:
“There is nothing to writing, all you do is sit down at a type writer and bleed.”
In “House of Incest”, Anais Nin has done just that.

For all those who have experienced it, or read about the experiences of creative writers, can see the truth in what Nin says in the opening line. The inspiration, or rather the contention, to write that which lingers between the conscious and subconscious is not easy to deal with, for it is not a neat catalogue of experiences but a rub
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Henz
Dec 16, 2015 Henz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classic, poetry, erotica
All that I know is contained in this book written without witness, an edifice without dimension, a city hanging in the sky.


This is the first book I’ve read of Anais Nin, a friend recommended Henry and June but I don’t have that yet but then I thought it’s not so bad to start with Nin’s first published book instead. Originally published in 1936, House of Incest was a challenging read for me since the prose was written in a dream-like fashion, surreal that it feels like she’s serenading me wit
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Anuradha
Jan 25, 2016 Anuradha rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everybody
Recommended to Anuradha by: Fatty Bolger
Buddy read with Anya! <3
Read her wonderfully written review here
Such lush prose, such beautiful imagery! I may cry.

Oh, how do I describe this book? A mere 72 pages it was, but a prose so profound, words so wonderful, and language so lush I have not read in a long, long time. Was it erotica? Sure. But it was so much more than that! There is a raw beauty to the words, a beauty that I cannot explain with my limited vocabulary, so I shall give you a taste of the wondrous gift that is House of In
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رغد قاسم
أي كتاب! أي لعنة هو هذا!
لقد بصقت قلبها بالفعل في هذا النص!
لا أستطيع إلا أن أشفق للمترجمة التي لم تكن مهمتها سهلة على الاطلاق مع نص مجنون كهذا.

ملاحظة: إذا كنتَ لا تحب الشعر وتتوقع رواية بقصة بحواف واضحة وتفاصيل منتظمة لا تقرأ هذا النص.
عن نفسي أحب أن تكون الرواية رواية والشعر شعر وبينهما جدار واضح، لكن لم أتمكن إلا مع التسامح هذهِ المرة إكراماً لهذا الجمال الآخاذ.
Anya
Sybaritic porn!

Impromptu buddy read with the lovely Anuradha! Read her review here.
“Those who write know the process. I thought of it as I was spitting out my heart.”

Erotica is too watery a word to describe what Anaïs Nin has encompassed within these short 72 pages. The prose is swollen and ripe with meaning. You could cup it in your palm and feed on it as if it were a succulent mango.
“The leaf fall of her words, the stained glass hues of her moods, the rust in her voice, the smoke in her mo
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Shannon
Sep 28, 2007 Shannon rated it it was amazing
A wild, intense assault of images. Visceral and raw. Thoroughly female and savage, in the best sense. I can't help but go back to it from time to time. Certain passages still thread through my mind with such power. "I am constantly reconstructing a pattern of something forever lost and which I cannot forget." "She was spreading herself like the night over the universe and found no god to lie with." I feel a deep, creative kinship with Nin for her common love and use of certain symbols: trees, ...more
Araz Goran
شعرت بالغثيان وان أقرء هذا الكتاب.. الكاتبة تعاني كبت و أمراض نفسية لاتعد ولا تحصى.. اخواني وأحبابي تجنبوا هذا الهراء..
Zawn Villines
Aug 15, 2010 Zawn Villines rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Anaiis Nin continues to be insane. I continue to love her. It's an abusive, codependent relationship we have, but I have no intention of giving it up.
mai ahmd
Jan 08, 2012 mai ahmd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات
تقول أناييس عن روايتها هذه وذلك في تقديمها للكتاب ( لقد شعرتُ بأني أبصق قلبي ! ) بينما تقول المترجمة عنه لما كابدته من عناء أثناء الترجمة بأنه (طلع من عيني ) وذلك بسبب التأويلات المتعددة التي يحتملها كنض مركب , وتقول المترجمة ثمة انفصال غير متصل واتصال غير منفصل يشهدها هذا العمل الروائي التفاصيل ماثلة أمامنا لكنها ليست كذلك !

تبدأ أنا ييس نن الرواية بهذه العبارة ( كانت رؤيتي الأولى للأرض مغشاة بالماء , إنني ذلك العرق من النساء والرجال الذي يرى كل الأشياء عبر هذه الستارة البحرية , عيناي بلون الماء
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Aya Hesham
نصوص نثرية تصف فيها نن بعض المشاهد والشخصيات والمشاعر الإنسانية بلغة مجازية شديدة.

رأيت أغلبها كلمات مبهمة المعنى فلم أشعر بها أو أفهمها!
Ksenia Anske
Jun 14, 2016 Ksenia Anske rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was like watching a dream, reading this. Melting in poetry. Swimming in music. If you want to see pure emotion put into words, this book is for you.
Taghreed Jamal el deen
بصراحة بصراحة بصراحة ..
وبمنتهى الصراحة ..
تقريبا ما فهمت شي !
جو من السوداوية والغموض والغرابة ، بس مو من النوع اللي قراءتو بتجذب .. ما بعرف كيف أوصفا بس شي من الإشئمزاز والنفور على شوية غثيان وقرف !!!
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Amina - أمينَة.
*Strange Feeling*
*Weird Feeling*
Dinah
Jan 11, 2010 Dinah rated it it was amazing
I have almost no idea what I just read, but I dog-eared a greater percentage of pages than any other book to date.

The introduction in the Swallow Press edition is enormously helpful. Reading this book is like crossing a chest-high river which, while it moves slowly and without apparent malice, has a bed of silt that threatens to suck the reader's feet under at one moment, and allow them to glide seamlessly over the most important image in the next. Anyway, the introduction is like some nice, nub
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Abeer
Jul 05, 2015 Abeer rated it really liked it
Shelves: france
To say this book was unconventional would be a huge understatement.
Of course lyrical proes are generally, from what I read, weird as hell. I loved this book however, as much as I could love something
I barely understood.
A thing I learned through attempting to read things I was always intimidated by is to keep reading, slowly you begin to pick up the author's code,
Their sorrows and states of mind, their themes and symbols, and you begin the sweet process of comprehension.
This book revolved ar
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Aliaa Mohamed
Apr 15, 2015 Aliaa Mohamed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
الحسنة الوحيدة التي خرجت بها من قراءتي لرواية " بعيدا من الضوضاء ، قريبا من السكات " هو معرفتي بالكاتبة أناييس نين .

سأكون مخطئة إذا قلت أنني فهمت ما تقصده نين ف تلك الرواية ، لا في الحقيقة هى ليست بالرواية ، إنها بلا أحداث أو سياق متماسك ، يمكن القول إنها هلاوس أو ثرثرة أو شذرات أدبية ، ورغم عدم فهمي الكامل لمقصد الكاتبة إلا أنني استمتعت كثيرا أثناء قراءة هذا العمل وشعرت ف الكثير من الأحيان أنها تعبر عني بشكل أو بآخر .

ولكن يجب ع من يمر بحالة اكتئاب عدم قراءة أي عمل لأناييس نين ، لقد وقعت ف هذا ا
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أسماء القناص
هناك فئة من الكتاب يمتاز خطهم الفني بالتراكيب والصور الشعرية، هذه الفئة تكتب بطريقة معقدة و اجتهاد كبير على النص. هم رائعون لكن خطهم لا يعتمد على فكرة واحدة بل شبكة أعصاب معقدة، اللاوعي هو السائد، عوالم غير حقيقية و كأنك تتعاطى نوعًا من المهلوسات..

أناييس نن من هؤلاء، لغتها الشعرية طاغية لكن في لحظة ما ستشعر أنها كاتبة مخادعة، أنت مسحور بذكاء المفردة حتى تغفل عن تدافع الأفكار.

و أنا لا أعرف هل أعجبني الكتاب أم لا..
رغم أن اللغة ثقيلة و غالبًا ما أراهن على فشل هذا النوع لكن أظنها تستحق..
Mel
Jan 24, 2012 Mel rated it really liked it
While this may not be the finest of Nin's works, and indeed I did struggle to get into the incredibly surreal mind-set and narrative at first, I soon relented to try and find something "real" and solid to hold on to, and let it wash over me. The foreword mentions that it is Nin's effort to write something fictional for the first time, to free herself and find her own voice.

It's a nightmare, flowing and ebbing, ethereal and beautiful as she lets her words pour forth. There are moments when it co
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toby st. james
Oct 05, 2010 toby st. james rated it it was amazing
This book was a wild twisting ride through her dreams and subconscious. Brilliant imagery abounds every page--the double exposed photos fit the book and mood perfectly. I think this was the first thing she printed--and I believe she printed it herself, though I could be wrong and usually am. Anyhoo it's the first book of hers that I read, and I'm now reading all of her output. This is a great place to start if you've never read her, it's very psychedelic and spiritual. Also it short enough to ...more
Haya Farah
Jan 18, 2015 Haya Farah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
I wanted to rate the book 5 pages after I started. Rating the book was the only conceivable action that would reflect how much I was blown away or shocked by what humans are able to write. I rarely rate books even the ones I really really like.

But for my first Anais book, I learned a lot about the human condition. Well, not a lot. and maybe not about the human condition and more about myself. It is crazy walking in her stream of thoughts I was able to forget the messiness of my head.

Despite th
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Ghada Muthana
-"ارجوك، ناولني ذاك الكتاب الثقيل_انني بحاجة لأن اضع شيئا ثقيلا مثله فوق رأسي. و علي ان اخبيء قدمي تحت الوسائد دائما حتى اثبت على الارض، و الا فأنني سوف اشعر بأني ارحل، ارحل الى البعيد بسرعة خيالية و ذلك لخفتي."
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-"قاومت بينما موتها قادم اليها: انا لا احب احدا، لا احب اي شخص، حتى اخي لا احبه. لا احب شيئا سوى هذا الغياب للألم، هذا الغياب العدمي البارد للألم."
Ebtihal
دخول أول إلى عالم آناييس نن
النص يشبه الولوج إلى منامات العقل الباطن، كمنام طويل وغريب ومتفرع، التشبيهات التي أستخدمتها آناييس حادة جدًا ومن يشعر بمثل تلك المشاعر يعرف مدى صدق نصها، إنه نص كُتب من الداخل، نص يشتت المرء في عالمه الخاص ليس في عالم آناييس، لذلك سيجد الكثير من التقريع، البشر لا يحبون صورهم الخاصة.
Tarek Abady
تقريبا العيب فيا انا
بصراحه وانا بقرا النوعية دي من الكتابه بحس اني ماشي في شارع زحمه جدا في جو مشمس وحر جدا لدرجة أنه جابلي ضربة شمس وبقيت ماشي دايخ وشايف وشوش الناس مشوشه
Cărți și călătorii
Primul volum scris după evenimentele relatate în Henry și June, House of Incest (1936) este un poem în proză, care abordează tema incestului exploatată și în Henry și June, exemplifică stilul voit abstract și poetic, pe care Anaïs Nin îl explică și și-l asumă în discuțiile ei cu Henry, și chiar preia aproape literal unele fragmente din jurnal:

„A room with a ceiling threatening me like a pair of open scissors. Attic windows lie on a bed like gravel. All connections are breaking. Slowly I part fro
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Rogius
Jun 27, 2016 Rogius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pdf-copy
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المرأة الأكثر تعبا في العالم أنا . أتعب حين اقف . إن الحياة تتطلب مجهودا لااستطيع القيام به . أرجوك ناوليني ذاك الكتاب الثقيل - إنني بحاجة لأن أضع شيئا ثقيلا مثله فوق رأسي . و علي أن أخبئ قدمي تحت الوسائد دائما حتى اثبت على الارض ، و إلا فانني سوف أشعر بأني أرحل ، ارحل إلى البعيد بسرعة خيالية و ذلك لخفتي . أعرف أني ميتة ، و في اللحظة التي أنطق فيها كلمة يموت وفائي و يصير كذبة ترجف بدني . لا تقولي شيئا لأنني أرى أنك تفهمينني ، و أنا متخوفة فهمك هذا . فأنا أخاف من أن أجد من يشبهني و راغبة في حدو
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Destiny Dawn Long
Mar 28, 2009 Destiny Dawn Long rated it it was amazing
It had been quite some time since I read this, so I decided to give it another go. As in the past, I found myself loving the language and imagery. And, also as in the past, I found myself challenged by the content. Although I understand more than when I was a teenager, there is still a great deal that isn't clear. That's part of why I like this so much, though. I like to be challenged by literature. I like to find myself feeling and thinking and moving outside of my comfort zone. I like things ...more
Bookish Dervish
بيت المحرمات.
هذا كتاب لن تستطيع أن تقرر بشأنه أبدا. يبدو نصا متماسكا لكن دون أن تعرف لمِ هو مميز! تسترسل في القراءة و أنت تتبع خيط الفكرة تلو الأخرى إلى أن تتسائل عن أي شيء تتحدث أناييس نن.
يبدو كشعر ممزوج بعناصر الرواية أو ربما قد تصفه بالخواطر ( إن كان الأمر كذلك فهي خواطر جامحة مجنونة)
ما يُحسب للنص هو قدرته على مخاطبة جميع حواس القارئ. فوصف الروائح و الأذواق و الملمس دقيق و خلّاق. لكنها مخاطبة غريبة جداً. مازلت حائرا بهذا الصدد.
سؤال واحد يجتاحني و أنا أقرأ الكتاب... أيَ مخدر تعاطته نن قبل كتاب
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Melinda
May 12, 2014 Melinda rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
House of Incest Anais Nin's first fiction publication has such a surreal, ethereal feel. The reader enters a wold of consummate spiritual and sensual passion. The reader penetrates the psychological state of Nin embarking on an unforgettable trance like journey.

House of Incest is a whisper among literary classics more deserving of a scream.

"Loving without knowingness, moving without effort, in the soft current of water and desire, breathing in an ecstasy of dissolution"
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  • Going for a Beer
  • Anaïs: The Erotic Life of Anaïs Nin
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  • The Collected Poems of Georges Bataille
  • The Book of Promethea
  • A Human Eye: Essays on Art in Society, 1996-2008
  • Black Spring
  • A Bernadette Mayer Reader
  • Adulterers Anonymous
  • The Black Unicorn: Poems
  • Dinners and Nightmares
  • Textermination
  • The She-Devils
  • Awake
  • Herotica: A Collection of Women's Erotic Fiction
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French-born novelist, passionate eroticist and short story writer, who gained international fame with her journals. Spanning the years from 1931 to 1974, they give an account of one woman's voyage of self-discovery. "It's all right for a woman to be, above all, human. I am a woman first of all." (from The Diary of Anaïs Nin, vol. I, 1966)

Anaïs Nin was largely ignored until the 1960s. Today she is
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“I have such a fear of finding another like myself, and such a desire to find one! I am so utterly lonely, but I also have such a fear that my isolation be broken through, and I no longer be the head and ruler of my universe.” 202 likes
“Again I take a taxi to Clichy address, but feel that I do not want to go on loving Henry more actively than he loves me (having realized that nobody will ever love me in that overabundant, overexpressive, overthoughtful, overhuman way I love people), and so I will wait for him. So I ask taxi driver to drop me at the Galeries Lafayette, where I begin to look for a new hat and to shop for Christmas. Pride? I don't know. A kind of wise retreat. I need people too much. So I bury my gigantic defect, my overflow of love, under trivialities, like a child. I amuse myself with a new hat.” 122 likes
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