By Jacqueline Risset, Jennifer Moxley
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Cultural Writing. Essays. Translated from the French via Jennifer Moxley. SLEEP'S POWERS is a meditation at the position of sleep in human existence. within the culture of Montaigne, this ebook of brief essays attracts from literary assets (Proust, Sartre, Bataille, Beckett, Kafka), technology (Michel Jouvet), in addition to own heritage and reminiscence. it'll attract readers attracted to the culture of the poet-critic, the literary essay, feminist views on event, modernist and post-structuralist concept, in addition to to these dedicated to philosophical questions in regards to the position of desires and mind's eye in human life.
Sleep is the loam of desires, the fabric during which they develop. however it can be anything extra: anything hidden, made vague through the buildup of images—a type of grand dream which, due to its severe and manifold nature, is undecipherable. in comparison to sleep, goals supply us a unfastened, effortless, nearly anodyne, exhibit. Sleep abides from the beginning within the inside tissue out of which we're shaped. Moments of astonishment, helpful passages full of fast, disconnected symbols—light birds like past due night swallows—a unmarried swallow nonetheless squawking overhead, midway to sleep.
Born in Besancon, France in 1936, Jacqueline Risset has released many books of poetry in addition to literary essays. She was once one of many editors of Tel Quel, and is recognized for her translations of Dante's Commedia (1985-90, 5th version 2006). Her latest ebook is Traduction et memoire poetique, Dante, Sceve, Rimbaud, Proust which received the Award of the Academie Francaise in 2007. She teaches French literature and is President of Centro di Studi Italo-francesi on the Universita degli Studi di Roma III. SLEEP'S POWERS used to be initially released in French below the name Puissances du Sommeil by way of variations du Seuil in September 1997.
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