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Prometheus, the god who stole the divine fire and brought the civilizing arts to Man, is feminized here and becomes one of two narrative voices in The Book of Pro methea , the story of a love between two women. Like much of her other work, this story reflects Algerian-born Cixous's (1937--) concern with the complexity of love, and whether love can be experienced without the loss of identity of one person in the couple through a passive incorporation into the other. Well known for her incisive, audacious language, this feminist writer regales readers in a style that is very up to date yet possesses a timeless beauty, employing imagery reminiscent of heroic tales and the Song of Solomon . This edition contains an additional treat: translator Wing's introduction, which, aside from her translation of the text, presents an excellent, informative account of the problems and the multiplicity of linguistic choices that a translator of Cixous must face.
-Danielle Mihram, Univ. of Southern California Lib., Los Angeles
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"This book is destined to be a classic. It is one of Cixous's most widely recognized and celebrated fictional texts, and Betsy Wing's translation is masterful."—Alice A. Jardine, Harvard University
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Product Details

  • Series: European Women Writers
  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (February 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803263430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803263437
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #996,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
The type of literature that recreates in the symbolic, exploring the unconscious in an extremely poetic manner, this book, opened on any page at random, will undoubtedly widen your understanding of love and take you where you dream to have lived it. Source of inspiration for thorough introspection in the most awe-inspiring landscapes of the soul, the material mingles with the word to carry you where the body alone cannot take you. An exercise of the feminist language. Some might have got bored by reading it in a conventional way. But, using it with that ethereal wisdom that comes from the debris of unbridled passion, it might prove to be your most precious pillow-book.
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By Poet on December 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is the kind of book you can read by opening to a page and reading or cover to cover.. little jewels shaped like words everywhere.
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I had to read this book for an English class, and needless to say no one liked it, students or the professor. Most of the class did not like it due to the writing style. The professor could not figure out what to even talk about with this book, part from discussing the writing style and what we did and did not like about it. It is not a bad book, just not what was expected.
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