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Kant's little Prussian head and other reasons why I write : an autobiography in essays / Claire Messud.

Author/Creator:
Messud, Claire, 1966- author.
Publication:
New York, NY : W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2020]
Format/Description:
Book
xxi, 306 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Edition:
First edition.
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Subjects:
Messud, Claire, 1966-.
Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Novelists, American -- 21st century -- Biography.
Novelists, American.
Form/Genre:
Biographies.
Autobiographies.
Essays.
Summary:
"A glimpse into a beloved novelist's inner world, shaped by family, art, and literature. In her fiction, Claire Messud "has specialized in creating unusual female characters with ferocious, imaginative inner lives" (Ruth Franklin, New York Times Magazine). Kant's Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write opens a window on Messud's own life: a peripatetic upbringing; a warm, complicated family; and, throughout it all, her devotion to art and literature. In twenty-nine intimate, brilliant, funny, and sharp essays, Messud reflects on a childhood move from her Connecticut home to Australia; the complex relationship between her modern Canadian mother and a fiercely single French Catholic aunt; and a trip to Beirut, where her pied-noir father had once lived, while he was dying. She meditates on Albert Camus, Teju Cole, and Valeria Luiselli, and tours her favorite paintings at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. Crafting a vivid portrait of a life in celebration of the power of literature, Messud proves once again "an absolute master storyteller" (Rebecca Carroll, Los Angeles Times)"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Machine generated contents note: pt. ONE Reflections
Then
Nostalgia
The Road to Damascus
Two Women
Mother's Knee
Kant's Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write
Our Dogs
How to be a Better Woman in the Twenty-First Century
Teenage Gibls
The Time For Art Is Now
pt. TWO Criticism: Books
Three Essays on Camus and His Legacy Camus And Algeria: The Moral Question
A New L'Etranger
The Brother of the Stranger: Kamel Daoud
Kazuo Ishiguro
Jane Bowles
Italo Svevo
Teju Cole
Magda Szabo
Rachel Cusk
Saul Friedlander
Yasmine El Rashidi
Valeria Luiselli
pt. THREE Criticism: Images
Alice Neel
Marlene Dumas
Sally Mann
A Home From Home: Boston's Museum Of Fine Arts.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN:
9781324006756
1324006757
9781324006763
OCLC:
1152354832