A Spy in the House of Love by Anaïs Nin

By Anaïs Nin

Even if Anais Nin present in her diaries a profound mode of self-creation and confession, she couldn't display this intimate list of her personal stories in the course of her lifetime. in its place, she grew to become to fiction, the place her tales and novels grew to become creative "distillations" of her mystery diaries. A secret agent in the home of affection, whose heroine Sabina is deeply divided among her force for creative and sexual expression, at the one hand, and social regulations and self-created inhibitions, at the different, echoed Nin's own fight with intercourse, love, and emotional fragmentation. Written whilst Nin's personal lifestyles used to be taut with conflicting loyalties, her protagonist Sabina time and again asks herself, can one take pleasure in one's sensual restlessness, the fantasies, the relentless desire for event with out devastating effects?

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In that May at the end of the fifties, Italy is still intact, and only critical souls note, with a negative judgment by which they gratify their own narcissism, the first signs of the new era that is about to disfigure for eternity the old cities and the old countryside. Carlo's sensibility classified him by natural right among these elect \the critical souls\; but he was good, and the feeling of oneness that through sex bound him to the world----<>utside his own particular Ethics-was stronger than the aesthetic sentiment.

The unique demonstration of real goodwill is common action, even-all the more-if it's scandalous. "fAll rightf," Polis says in the end, coming to terms with the Irreconcilable. " the angel, tolerant, inquired. "You," answers the devil, "you take your Body. " The devil's proposal is reasonable! Polis looks at him in fascination. Silently he looks at him. And as he looks at him silently, a smile rises up from deep within, slowly, like a sky from which the wind sweeps away the clouds, slowly rendering it perfectly serene and luminous, luntil the smile,!

Where are Polis and Tetis going to end up after their intervention (disappearance analogous to that of Carmelo and the Twenty Spirits) *(midday apparition of the God-more to be feared, cf. " Only slowly, as he advances in his reading and follows the author's path, will he realize that the book refers, rather, to nothing other than itself alone. -through reality: which is familiar--conventionally and in common-to reader and author. " For now, I realize, he must overcome his repugnance, which results in a false transposition of reality: false because in effect it doesn't < ...

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