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Love Itself: In the Letter Box

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Love's memories, love recalling itself in letters lost and found over an interval of forty years: Cixous's writer-narrator advances here far into a labyrinth of passions long ago delivered and yet still arriving through the mail, through letters and literature, in other words, the poetry of the post. As for the lovers' returning scenes, they have their addresses in Paris ( ...more
Paperback, 142 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Polity Press (first published 2008)
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Mar 10, 2011 Zoë rated it really liked it
This is not so much a novel, but a breaking free from that genre. It seems to mingle memoir, philosophy and poetry. When reading this kind of text by Cixous, I find that I have to simply read and see which comments appeal the most to me: wait for the maxims that strike a chord for me. In this way, it is rather like reading poetry - feeling that you are not quite understanding everything, yet slowly accumulating meaning almost in an unconscious way.
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I couldn’t say to you I’m terribly afraid of losing the most precious thing in the world (1) that you have forgotten you gave me (2) that you perhaps never gave me (3) that I possess alone and in secret (4) that I enjoy thanks to your phantom, what if I said it to you […] I was afraid you would confiscate this moment, so brief and frail, thanks to which I have lived a crowned life, my very sweet and very fine improbable glory. […] I said these cherished words that I’m not sure I did not dream an ...more
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Hélène Cixous is a Jewish-French, Algerian-born feminist well-known as one of the founders of poststructuralist feminist theory along with Luce Irigaray and Julia Kristeva. She is now a professor of English Literature at University of Paris VIII and chairs the Centre de Recherches en Etudes Féminines which she founded in 1974.

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“I never said to you: come back.
Each time that you left forever, I lowered my head and looked at your left hand, I looked at the white carpet in front of the divan on which we were sitting, I didn't say the word, there is no circumstance, then I raised my eyes and looked out the window at the world that was moving away with the solemn slow pace of an ocean liner,”
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“In front of us there is an immense garden of words and non-words, a serre, that is, a greenhouse in which are preserved by my care so many things of speech you have given me while leaving me free to cultivate them.” 1 likes
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