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Touch to Affliction

by Nathalie Stephens

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category: Poetry
published: Sep 2006
ISBN:9781770562264
publisher: Coach House Books
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From the ruins of poetry, fiction and philosophy comes Touch To Affliction, a meditation on the notion of homeland, on patrie and the inhumanity that arises from it.

This is a text obsessed with ruins: the ruins of genre, of language, of the city, of the body. The history of the twentieth century is a history of barbarism, and Stephens walks, like a fl̢neur, through its midst, experiencing through her own body the crumbled buildings, the dessicated cities, the eviscerated language and humanity of our time, calling out in passing to those before her who have contemplated atrocity: Martin Buber, Henryk Gorecki, Simone Weil. In the end, it considers what we are left with Рindeed, what is left of us Рas both participants in and heirs to the twentieth century.

Insistently political but never polemical, Touch To Affliction, at the interstices of thought and theunnameable, is at once lament, accusation and elegy.

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‘Understanding is almost antithetical to the project Stephens seems to have assigned herself, that of unraveling or radically altering our sense of logic, of language, of narrative, of body, of desire, of words on paper. She wants the book to burn in our hands and, indeed, it does.’

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About the Author
Nathalie Stephens (Nathanaël) writes l'entre-genre in English and French and is the author of several books, including The Sorrow and the Fast of It, Carnet de désaccords, Paper City, Je Nathanaël and the essay of correspondence, Absence Where As (Claude Cahun and the Unopened Book). She lives in Chicago.
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