Nightwood is not only a classic of lesbian literature, but was also acknowledged by no less than T. S. Eliot as one of the great novels of the 20th century. Eliot admired Djuna Barnes' rich, evocative language. Lesbian readers will admire the exquisite craftsmanship and Barnes' penetrating insights into obsessive passion. Barnes told a friend that Nightwood was written with her own blood "while it was still running." That flowing wound was the breakup of an eight-year relationship with the lesbian love of her life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
One of the great masterworks of twentieth-century fiction. (Vogue)
Djuna Barnes is a writer of wild and original gifts. . . .To her name there is always to be attached the splendor of Nightwood, a lasting achievement of her great gifts and eccentricities---her passionate prose and, in this case, a genuineness of human passions. (Elizabeth Hardwick)
A masterpiece of modernism. (The Washington Post Book World)
To have been madly and disastrously in love is a kind of glory that can only be made intelligible in a sublime poetry―the revelatory and layered poetry of Djuna Barnes's masterpiece, Nightwood. (Dorothy Allison, author of the National Book Award-nominated novel Bastard Out of Carolina)
This is just a very odd book and though I really wanted to like it - because I like experimental writing - I couldn't. Read morePublished 1 month ago by elfillinois
There are few stories that I remember so well 25 years later - this is one of them.
That image of a woman who is semi-feral, cavorts with women, finds a hapless man to... Read more
I really enjoyed the first few chapters of this book. It was weird and quite entertaining to me at first, plus, the author is a great writer and has a unique style. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Scherba
I think it started as a response to the impressionists. New technologies made the way stories could be told replicable by other media. Art had to move on. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Edgar Mihelic
Novel "Nightwood" is outstanding complex perception of modernist fiction. The talented writer Djuna Barnes has lived a hard life and this novel I believe the best in her... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Griffin Garcon
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In Decadent Era Paris after World War I, in the Roaring Twenties, the intellectual artist and reporter Djuna Barnes fell incurably in love with Thelma... Read more
Nightwood by Djuna Barnes is a literary adventure that every lover of the English language should experience. At least once. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Daniel Priest