Je vous salue, Thérèse, femme sans frontières, corps physique érotique hystérique épileptique, qui se fait verbe qui se fait chair, qui se défait en soi hors de soi, flots d’images sans tableaux, tumultes de paroles cascades d’éclosions, jumeau du Christ, c’est Lui au plus intime de moi, moi Thérèse, femme d’affaires, fondatrice, jubilatrice, mourir de ne pas mourir c’est écrire, une sorte de demeure, de jeu, Dieu nous aime joueuses mes filles, croyez-moi, mais oui, échec et mat à Dieu aussi, bien sûr, ça délivre, ça s’écoule, les âmes qui aiment écoutent, elles voient jusqu’aux atomes, ça les fait jouir, des atomes infiniment amoureux, mais oui, Thérèse, oui, ma sœur extatique excentrique appelée touchée imaginée pensée repensée dépensée, hors de vous en vous, hors de moi en moi, oui, Thérèse mon amour.
Julia Kristeva , écrivain et psychanalyste, a publié chez Fayard Etrangers à nous-mêmes , Les Nouvelles Maladies de l’âme , Sens et non-sens de la révolte , La Révolte intime , Le Génie féminin ( Hannah Arendt , Melanie Klein , Colette ), ainsi que quatre romans : Les Samouraïs , Le Vieil Homme et les loups , Possessions et Meurtre à Byzance. La couverture peut varier.
Julia Kristeva is professor emerita of linguistics at the Université de Paris VII and author of many acclaimed works. Her Columbia University Press books include Hatred and Forgiveness (2012); The Severed Head: Capital Visions (2014); and, with Philippe Sollers, Marriage as a Fine Art (2016).
I am willing to accept that this is a work of profound and erudite scholarship, but I fear I was out of my depth with it. It’s a rather rambling and very personal narrative following an academic and psychoanalyst (whom I assume is actually an alter ego of Julie Kristeva herself) as she becomes caught up in the life and writings of Saint Teresa of Avila. A mixture of fiction, biography, autobiography, history and psychoanalysis, it’s a meditation on and examination of religion, women, faith and mysticism. Kristeva obviously identifies with Saint Teresa, and certainly I enjoyed learning about the real Teresa and her world, but in general much of the book went over my head as much as I tried to engage with it. It’s certainly an impressive work of scholarship but not one for me.
Took me forever. Someone else may like it but I had a hard time with this book. Well written but got lost too many times. Maybe because the transfer between present and Saint Teresa life. Found it tedious.
What a horrible book! I rarely begin a book and deliberately decide not to finish it. I gave this one a serious try. I kept pressing on far past the point where I should have realized this book was not worth my time. I kept thinking it just had a slow start and would get better. After 78 pages (of a 598 page book) there appears to be no discernible plot. It rambles on and on, frequently in incomplete sentences, in tedious and largely irrelevant detail. The author appears to be trying to psychoanalyze Saint Teresa of Avila along Freudian lines. In the process, she completely misses the depth and richness of Teresa’s extraordinary life and writings (from which I have personally greatly benefited). Teresa’s writings are themselves quite challenging to read. But delving into the original material would be a far better use of time and mental bandwidth.