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A novel in three very loosely connected parts -or a collection of three stories-:
1. Hipparchia: War Rome (circa 75 B. C.)
2. Murex: War and Postwar London (circa A. D. 1916-1926)
3. Secret Name: Excavator s Egypt (circa A. D. 1925)
The force and beauty of H. D.s prose brings the stories in Palimpsest brightly to life, particularly in her sense of place: Rome about 75 B.C., po
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Unknown Binding, 288 pages
Published 1968 by Southern Illinois University Press (first published 1926)
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Alejandro Teruel
Feb 25, 2016 Alejandro Teruel rated it liked it
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Definitely a difficult book to review. H. D. experiments on several different planes with her three-layered mixed genre palimpsest-novel. A palimpsest is a parchment from which writing has been imperfectly erased to make room for fresh writing, but since the erasures are imperfect, the previous writing still remains partially visible. Due to the cost of parchment, many antique manuscripts, particularly during medieval times, suffered such recycling.

H. D.s first layer can be read as a historical
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Kay Baird
May 19, 2010 Kay Baird rated it liked it
Hard to read. The story progresses through description largely in stream-of-consciousness: repetitive phrases and images that evoke association rather than logical, straightforward thinking and language. "An escape from binary and hierarchical thinking associated with patriarchy" says The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States, quoted on American Poems.

I kept putting the book down in frustration, wanting that old familiar expository style I was trained in, I feel comfortable wi
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sharon
Jul 07, 2015 sharon rated it it was amazing
How does one categorize this book? Part poetry, part prose, narrative that is nearly entirely internal monologue yet somehow impersonal, in the first two sections "plot," if we can even use that term, happens almost entirely off the page, but the scenes never drag. The tremendous learning of H.D.'s mind is entirely present here, and it practically took my head off.
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An innovative modernist writer, Hilda Doolittle (1886–1961) wrote under her initials in a career that stretched from 1909 to 1961. Although she is most well known for her poetry—lyric and epic—H.D. also wrote novels, memoirs, short stories, essays, reviews, a children’s book, and translations. An American woman who lived her adult life abroad, H.D. was engaged in the formalist experimentation that ...more
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