Henry and June, Anaïs Nin

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Good news: summer is coming and here is a new article!

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Drawn from journals, this book is an account of a woman’s awakening, covering a single momentous year – 1931-32, in Paris. When Anaïs Nin meets the writer Henry Miller and his beautiful wife June, her idealized vision of love, passion, creation and experience is undermined. Her life is plunged in a psychological, emotional and sexual turmoil, as she becomes more and more entangled in diverse relationships built on both manipulation and candid abandon. In between moments of deep solitude and love, she goes on a journey of self-discovery and discovery of her loved ones with the help of journal writing and psychoanlalysis. This book not only offers a love story but also an intimate vision of two major writers of the 20th century and a tale of a woman’s liberation.

I found this book rather « bewitching » despite some lengthy passages when Anaïs Nin loses herself in introspection. It is both an erotic and psychological work, which is interesting but not really life-changing for the reader.

After the tragic events of Monday in Manchester, it is a time to re-think the importance of music and art in general. Thus, by the end of June, I will post various music-related stuff here, make sure to stay tuned to celebrate music and books 😉

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