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Anais Nin's Lost World: Paris in Words and Pictures 1924-1939 [Kindle Edition]

Britt Arenander , Paul Herron , Patrick Fabry
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Few writers are as legendary as Anaïs Nin. Her diaries, both expurgated and unexpurgated, and a host of biographies have documented her life in an almost unprecedented way, yet she remains shrouded in mystery. Who is the woman behind the myth?

Anaïs Nin’s Lost World depicts Nin’s life from the perspective of her surroundings during the most important era in her life—her Paris years, from 1924 to 1939, when she met Henry Miller and came into her own as a writer and as a sensual woman. This book gives us a vivid picture of Nin’s turbulent life in the 1920s and 1930s. Not only was her emotional life chaotic, but she and her husband Hugh Guiler moved several times during their stay in France. Anaïs Nin created many homes in Paris, but she found sumptuous peace in her house in Louveciennes, which Miller dubbed “the laboratory of the soul.”

In Anaïs Nin’s Lost World, Britt Arenander allows us to follow in Nin’s and Miller’s footsteps. She has brilliantly woven text and photographs into a tapestry of the Paris that Nin and Miller came to love so much.

The book’s unique artwork, including vintage postcards, rare and recent photographs, and an interactive map, depicts a Paris that has disappeared and yet lives on in its buildings, streets, and neighborhoods.


Product Details

  • File Size: 4187 KB
  • Print Length: 167 pages
  • Publisher: Sky Blue Press (August 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009033IUM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,099 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting Paris August 30, 2012
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For the reader who is interested in Anais Nin, her friends such as Henry Miller, or the paradise Eden that was Paris in the 1920s and 1930s, this wonderful book serves as a detailed guide, pointing out the spots and addresses where Nin and her circle lived, loved, and wrote. ANAIS NIN'S LOST WORLD serves as a tour book, a kind of "star map," whether for those who lucky enough to visit Paris, those who "visit" virtually using the interactive maps, or those who just want to read about famous and not-so-famous locations of Nin's adventures. The book pinpoints the exact spot where Nin moored her houseboat on the Seine, the chic apartment building in which her dastardly composer father lived, the romantically shabby apartment she secured for herself and Henry, the homes and offices where she met her psychoanalysts Allendy and Otto Rank, and -- the ultimate Canterbury -- the romantic home where she met Henry and June and began writing the most famous section of her diary. This book is a real pleasure to explore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANAIS NIN'S LOST WORLD...REDISCOVERED! August 26, 2012
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This charming book will delight the many fans of Anais Nin, Henry Miller, Lawrence Durrell and their circle in Paris, with clearly written text and literally dozens of photos and map locations of the many places that will resonate with readers: from Neuilly where Nin was born, to her long-time home in Louveciennes, Clichy where Miller and his friend Fred wrote and caroused, and the quays where Nin's houseboats were moored.

Centered at 18, Villa Seurat, where the immortal Three Musketeers (plus Nancy Durrell) lived, wrote, talked and imbibed in La Coupole, the happy secret of Nin's Lost World is that it's not lost at all. A great number of key buildings, homes and apartments from 80 years ago (some much older than that) are thankfully extant in 2012.

What I most enjoyed about this book, other than the many historical photos and maps, was the clarity and breadth of the narrative, which lays out all the comings and goings of our literary heroes and heroines. Nin's remarkable diary was first published almost 50 years ago - and this is a world-class companion for the next generation of readers.
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This is an English version of a little known book originally published in Swedish, which will be of enormous interest to anyone who enjoys reading books by or about Henry and June and Anais. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings August 25, 2012
How to convey my disappointment in this Kindle book with its supposedly wonderful photographs and web-like interactivity without trashing a good enough survey and summary of Nin's extraordinary and erratic life in Paris? Britt Arenander felt compelled to trace Anais Nin's sundry domiciles in Paris and to produce evidence of their existence via postcards and photographs while retracing in summary form Nin's life story from the early diaries in the 1920s to the early forties, just after World War II when Nin finally knew that Paris and the life she led there was now "lost" to her.

Most of the only black-and-white photographs are small, long-distance shots of streets and buildings or of door entrances or facades such that they hardly convey the intended sense of nostalgia for the Paris of the Twenties and Thirties of the 20th century. The so-called "interactivity" consists of hyperlinks to Google maps based on the small photographs of the previously mentioned streets and houses. Little bubbles marked A and B on a distant view of a map of streets colored in yellow or blue don't much excite my imagination. Also, on one photograph of Nin's home in Louveciennes there is a quirky, curious and distasteful note about the house having been abandoned by a "phony Japanese businesswoman."

Paul Herron, editor of the truly wonderful "A Cafe In Space: The Anais Nin Literary Journal," has assisted in the creation of this Kindle book in some way and on his [...] website he has an August 21, 2012 article that contains a "sample interactive map" that is a whole lot better than the one offered in this Kindle book.

Britt Arenander is a Swedish writer and novelist who has at least one fictional work translated into English.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Picturing Nin's France September 5, 2012
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Anaïs Nin's Lost World: Paris in Words and Pictures 1924-1939 illuminates Nin's milieu both with its numerous images and with its succinct biographical comments. Including historical and contemporary photographs and postcards, the book's visual features enhance the reader's understanding of Nin's world. The maps included at the end of the work will also assist those interested in locating key locales in Nin's universe. The text provides an able introduction to Nin and her Parisian awakening, and the book is a nice addition to anyone's collection.
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