Summer Reading Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | July 22, 2014

Nick Harkaway: IMG The Florist-Assassins



The three men lit up in my mind's eye, with footnotes. They were converging on me — and on the object I was carrying — in a way that had... Continue »
  1. $18.87 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    Tigerman

    Nick Harkaway 9780385352413

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$5.95
List price: $13.95
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside MEMOIR- WELLNESS

More copies of this ISBN

Alix's Journal (French Literature)

by

Alix's Journal (French Literature) Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Alix's Journal is a collection of private notebooks kept by Canadian photographer Alix Cleo Roubaud during the last four years of her life, before her death at the age of 31. Written, in a sense, for her husband--acclaimed novelist, poet, and mathematician Jacques Roubaud--Alix's Journal straddles the gap between French and English, poetry and prose, the tragic and the comic, the profound and the quotidian. Alix's idiosyncratic and revealing work gives us access to a singular consciousness, one that was profoundly influential on her husband's subsequent works, in style as well as content. The notebooks center on themes of love, marriage, photography, addiction, and death, and include examples of Alix's photographic work, whose strangeness and poignancy is enhanced by its juxtaposition with her plans for and interpretations of it.

From Alix's Journal:
You left yesterday morning, and last night I got drunk by nine. I didn't walk straight on the rue des Francs-Bourgeois, where I went to post my first letter. At ten o'clock I collapsed dead drunk. I woke at three and read what Nigel Nicholson wrote his parents, and read Jacques Roubaud in Change (a poem about water similar to Hockney's distortions). I asked myself why I abuse myself in this manner when I am loved and really must keep alive; why do I get drunk on an empty stomach? why do I drug myself with sleeping pills? why do I smoke?
     looking after oneself.

I had things to do today.

To fall asleep like everyone else, etc., to lead a simple regular life. To fall asleep like everyone else, that is what I want.

Review:

"Alix Cleo Roubaud was a photographer on the cusp of a great career before a pulmonary embolism caused her death at 31. She had battled with depression, addiction, and suicidal tendencies all her life and had carefully chronicled her thoughts on these and other subjects from the age of 18 on. The carefully translated text of the last four years of Roubaud's life is presented here as a chronicle of a woman struggling with depression and complex feelings about art and God. While Roubaud may be recognized within the art world, she is largely unknown to the average reader. Unfortunately, disjointed and sometimes incoherent diary entries may not be the best introduction for anyone not already familiar with her work; large sections of the journal read like the diary entries of an adolescent girl trying on the styles of better writers (Nabokov immediately comes to mind). Had Roubaud lived, she may well have developed a more unique voice." Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

Moving, fragile, and intimate, Alix's Journal is a unique testament to a great artist, lost before her time.

About the Author

Alix Cleo Roubaud was born in 1952. She studied architecture and psychology in Ottawa, and philosophy in Paris, with a particular focus on Wittgenstein. She considered herself "essentially" a photographer; her work has been featured in an acclaimed short film by Jean Eustache, as well as in several works by her husband, Jacques Roubaud. She died in 1983 of a pulmonary embolism.Jan Steyn is a South African translator from French and Afrikaans to English. He lives in Paris where he does work in Cultural Translation at the American University of Paris.Jan Steyn is a South African translator from French and Afrikaans to English. He lives in Paris where he does work in Cultural Translation at the American University of Paris.Jacques Roubaud, born in 1932, has been a professor of mathematics at the University of Paris X Nanterre. He is one of the most accomplished members of the Oulipo, the workshop for experimental literature founded by Raymond Queneau and Francois Le Lionnais. He is the author of numerous books of prose, theatre and poetry.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781564785541
Author:
Roubaud, Alix Cleo
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Translator:
Steyn, Jan
Preface:
Roubaud, Jacques
Introduction by:
Roubaud, Jacques
Introduction:
Roubaud, Jacques
Author:
Steyn, Jan
Author:
oubaud
Author:
Alix Cleo R
Author:
Roubaud, Alix-Cleo
Author:
Roubaud, Jacques
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Individual Photographers - General
Subject:
Roubaud, Alix Cleo
Subject:
Roubaud, Alix Cleo - Last years
Subject:
Biography - General
Series:
French Literature Series
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
49 black-and-white photographs
Pages:
120
Dimensions:
7 x 5 x 1 in

Other books you might like

  1. Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry New Trade Paper $13.95
  2. Buzz Aldrin, What Happened to You in... Used Hardcover $8.50
  3. Extinction (Vintage International) New Trade Paper $16.00
  4. Island of the Doomed New Trade Paper $18.95

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » Memoirs

Alix's Journal (French Literature) Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$5.95 In Stock
Product details 120 pages Dalkey Archive Press - English 9781564785541 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Alix Cleo Roubaud was a photographer on the cusp of a great career before a pulmonary embolism caused her death at 31. She had battled with depression, addiction, and suicidal tendencies all her life and had carefully chronicled her thoughts on these and other subjects from the age of 18 on. The carefully translated text of the last four years of Roubaud's life is presented here as a chronicle of a woman struggling with depression and complex feelings about art and God. While Roubaud may be recognized within the art world, she is largely unknown to the average reader. Unfortunately, disjointed and sometimes incoherent diary entries may not be the best introduction for anyone not already familiar with her work; large sections of the journal read like the diary entries of an adolescent girl trying on the styles of better writers (Nabokov immediately comes to mind). Had Roubaud lived, she may well have developed a more unique voice." Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , Moving, fragile, and intimate, Alix's Journal is a unique testament to a great artist, lost before her time.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.