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Tracy, who compulsively repeats familiar feminine tragedies, moves from one disastrous love affair to the next, almost oblivious to the cities in which she finds herself-London, Berlin, Ankara, New York-and even to the objects of her passion. Without Falling charts a woman's quest for an impossible sexual identity. Family melodrama, self mutilation, and the active pursuit ...more
Paperback, 129 pages
Published January 1st 1988 by City Lights Books
(first published January 1st 1987)
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I would give this book four stars if it didn't provoke latenet masochistic tendencies in me...like Acker, Leslie Dick explores the mythology of feminine passivity; unlike Acker's characters, Tracy never exhibits transformative wildness, and so the novel never reaches those Lynch-esque heights of multiplicitous feminine subjectivity.