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Fire: From "A Journal of Love" The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin, 1934-1937 Paperback – July 22, 1996

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From Publishers Weekly

This selection from Nin's uncensored diaries portrays her continuing affairs with, among others, Henry Miller and Otto Rank.
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Less shocking than Incest (1992), the third volume of Nin's provocative and provoking uncensored diaries finds our madly scribbling femme fatale in New York, where she's gone to get away from her doggedly loyal husband and from adored lover Henry Miller and indulge her fancy for analyst Otto Rank. Once again, Nin is blithely honest about her profound dishonesty, admitting that she loves telling "marvelous lies" to the men who desire her. She tires of Rank just as Miller and her husband catch up with her, then, suddenly, enters a whole new realm of potent romance with a fiery man of Inca descent, Gonzalo More. More, a man of conscience and lyrical intensity, inspires Nin to new poetic and mystical heights. These unexpurgated volumes are of particular interest to readers of the original published versions because they fill in so many puzzling omissions, but they are also remarkable for their audacity and prolificity. Just one page of Nin's extraordinary diaries contains more sex, melodrama, fantasies, confessions, and observations than most novels, and reflects much about the human psyche we strive to repress. Donna Seaman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 1 edition (July 22, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156003902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156003902
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As follower of Anais' Diaries (expurgated or not) and her novels I would like to express my admiration and my curiosity for her amazing literature and her rare personality, motivated again by "Fire". I believe that Anais was able to enjoy sex simultaneously with several men, each one of them however, playing an appropriate , no transferable, role: Hugh (husband),Joaquin Nin (father-lover),Eduardo Sanchez (cousin-brother), Henry Miller (friend-lover), Gonzalo More (lover-friend) and others. Occidental society usually attribute this promiscuous behavior only to men.As Anais shows, this may happen also among ladies, perhaps more often than accepted . Indeed, these "faults" may be heavily damned and punished by society when perpetrated by ladies. Probably Anais was the first woman , brave and courageous enough , to describe her own experiences and feelings about eroticism and sensuality written from a female point of view. Actually, looking at her inner mirror she describes herself with delicacy , ever avoiding disgusting pornography. I believe that Anais spent her life searching a Big One Love . As a result she found many "Love" and many Lovers . The sum of them never reached totality. Her Love was her fantasy and her invention, hence endless and inaccessible. On the other hand, in this and other books Anais masterly present unknown, almost domestic features and characteristic of the personality of several men and ladies who were outstanding representatives in art, literature, theatre, politics as Neruda, Alberti, Dali, Allendy, Rank, Gore and others.
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Anais Nin was raised a devout Catholic and to earn her family's love she was expected to be demure, self-sacrificing, hard-working, and chaste. When her father abandoned the family she assumed, as children sometimes do, that he had left because she wasn't "good" enough. She played the role of "good girl" for twenty years in response. Then all hell broke loose.
What I believe is different about FIRE is that it reveals Anais's explorations and experiementation with her inner "bad girl" in a way that she had only just begun in HENRY AND JUNE and INCEST. In it she is still married to Hugh and involved with Henry Miller, but in FIRE she has a relationship with the famous analyst Otto Rank that takes some treacherous twists and turns. Her writing is as wonderful as ever. For the Nin fan, this diary is yet another must-read.
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More of Anais Nin's brilliant steamy writing. This is primarily the story of her years long affair with Gustavo More', whom I started out not liking and grew to dislike more as the book went on. Amazing how a woman of such brilliance and substance can be drawn to men who did not measure up to her. She was juggling a lot of lovers at the time, her husband Hugh, who is the most honest and admirable person in the diaries, Henry Miller, terrific writer, though, in my view, not half as insightful as Anais, the aforementioned detestable More', Dr. Otto Rank, and some casual passers by. Once she broke out of the good little wifey mode Anais pretty much did what seemed like a good idea at the time, and frequently it wasn't. But what a wonderful, engrossing, passionate read this is.
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This book is not as compelling as "Incest", but it's still Anais: still burning, still feeling, still wholly human, with all flaws and wishy-washiness included. But again, I warn away people who may not be down with heavily sexual content. If you are, though...
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This book, along with the other unexpurgated diaries of Anais Nin, pretty much saved my life. It is passionate, ardent, and written with such feeling and truth. Nin was a woman who lived truly from her self, shedding all rules that did not apply to her heart. She lived through creation, dream, and feelings -- always feelings. This diary is aptly named. Be it sexuality, love, community, writing, art, or dealing with cruelty, restrictions and harshness, Nin writes beautifully about her life. One of my favorite books in the whole world. If it's sought you out, read it.
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I am not sure if her main life plan was to do whatever made most interesting reading in her diary or whether the world is just lucky that the same person lived that way and wrote that way.
Like the woman in Spike Lee's first movie, she assembles a life out what she likes in men, incompatible qualities that couldn't exist together in the same man. She holds it all together with skillful lies and each man's willingness to believe she is his, because it feels so good at the time. Her understanding of human nature is so clear that psychoanalysts accepted her as a college as well as a lover.
This volume seems even deeper and faster moving than the previous two. By this time she has found what makes women happy and how to explain it clearly, sometimes even with the words that Henry Miller taught her.
The parts of her diaries that the people involved could bear to hear were published in her lifetime, so these volumes consist mostly of erotic and emotional secrets.
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