I have just reached the age of 34, life’s midpoint. “” So commences Frenchman Michel Leiris’ odd-ball autobiography, an elegant example of existential. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Manhood by Michel Leiris. “Not only one of the frankest of autobiographies, but also a brilliantly written book, Leiris’ Manhood mingles memories, philosophic reflections, sexual revelation.

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I have just reached the age of 34, life’s midpoint. Eight chapters tell the story of his childhood and adolescence until the age of reason: Many of the chapters into which lekris divides the book are titled after famous imagery and specific paintings, and Leiris uses these mythological stories — Lucrece, Judith, The Raft of the Medusa — as points of reference and comparison.

Looking back to my earliest childhood, I find memories connected with stories of wounded women. Crossman Publishers E.


Set up a giveaway. He briefly worked as a lexicographer, but soon turned his attention to poetry and poetic criticism. Leiris may not be a man one would have wanted to know too closely certainly not intimatelybut his struggles and his account of his journey to the manhood he has reached are certainly intriguing.

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It would be almost impossible for me to say at what moments, even when I was very young, I was really naturalat what moments I was playing a part not, in truth, out of deliberate hypocrisy for, quite often, I was my own dupe but from an instinctive need to magnify myself in the eyes of others or in my own.

For example, inBaron revealed to Leiris that he too had taken the initiative of asking for help: Books by Michel Leiris. Moreover, Borel was not only a confidant of but also an intermediary between the members of this group, as their correspondence demonstrates. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. To see what your friends manhhood of this book, please sign up. Michel Leiris is very insightful. For the therapist, it helped both to overcome mental blocks and to explain Oedipal fantasies to the patient.


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Refresh and try again. Customers who bought this item also bought. Leiris does not offer any solutions, nor does he employ clinical claptrap. Bataille would repeat the gesture in consulting Borel with regard to the posthumous edition of Peignot — and that is not all: Voidoid rated it liked it Oct 28, I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?

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