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Jacqueline Risset
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Sleep's Powers

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Cultural Writing. Essays. Translated from the French by Jennifer Moxley. SLEEP'S POWERS is a meditation on the role of sleep in human life. In the tradition of Montaigne, this book of short essays draws from literary sources (Proust, Sartre, Bataille, Beckett, Kafka), science (Michel Jouvet), as well as personal history and memory. It would appeal to readers interested in ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Ugly Duckling PR
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Feb 19, 2009 Shaindel rated it it was amazing
Jacqueline Risset is a French poet-scholar who wrote a series of short essays on Sleep. There are such diverse topics as sleep of characters in myths, sleeping figures in paintings and art, the author's memories of sleep as a child. It's really quite amazing.

I interviewed Jennifer Moxley, Risset's English-language translator on today's show:

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Jan 09, 2013 Megan Luke rated it really liked it
A bit like Calvino in that it's super enchanting and impressive at the start but from a distance, especially after one's halfway through, feels monotone and contrived. It is well-worth it though, just like it is with Calvino, to read at least the first half.*

*Self-justifications embedded in totally harsh criticism from somebody who isn't that well read because she only reads books halfway.
Feb 26, 2009 Laura rated it liked it
Perhaps this is too French with a capital F for me...I think the writing in this book is quite beautiful and it seems like a good translation, too. Maybe excesses of soft, filmy beauty repel me.
Oct 18, 2009 Astall rated it it was amazing
Like sleep, I didn't want it to end, was compelled unceasingly through it, and emerged refreshed.
Aug 23, 2012 Dennis rated it did not like it
Other than its possible mimetic value (i.e., form-follows-content), it's a piece of crap.
Aug 28, 2012 Anamika rated it liked it
Thought-provoking, but this kind of thing has been done better.
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