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Notebooks, 1956-1978

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Poetry. Translated from the French by Norma Cole. Born into a Breton family active in the Resistance during the Second World War, Danielle Collobert moved to Paris at the age of 19. There, she took her own life in the summer of 1978. These notebooks were found in her posession at the time of her death. "Beyond everything she has discovered her own utter nakedness: that own ...more
Paperback, 85 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Litmus Press (first published 1983)
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Third Reading, 06/24/14:
I've been desperately depressed lately, mostly about my job and some other things, and last night I grabbed this when I went out to smoke a cigarette because Nothing else was working: this was perfect, to revisit, now. I've had Murder for almost a year and have been incapable of reading it. Same thing that happened (described below) for It Then. Probably time for another realm of Collobert. I need to do this now, her words seem so urgent and important. Like there's moment

The text of this book is sourced from several notebooks and loose pages found in the Paris hotel room where Danielle Collobert committed suicide. While the postface in the book is somewhat unclear on the matter, it suggests that Collobert intended for this writing to be published. Spanning over 20 years of her life, the text in form resembles the poetry of It Then, though the content is in most cases less abstract. Fragmented phrases separated by dashes describe her interior life, her extensive
this is my fav by Danielle Collobert. I think it helped me link it, then and murder and her thought process. also, seems like she really liked Samuel Beckett, which is cool.
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"shock at becoming conscious of this obstacle that preceded everything — attached to the obstacle — not an obstacle — not even a breakdown — real fear — of the emptiness — nothingness — fear stronger than anything — I’m putting in time — just putting in time — like the rest of the world."
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