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Burqa of skin : writings

Author: Nelly Arcan; Melissa Bull
Publisher: Vancouver, B.C. : Anvil Press, Ottawa, Ontario : Canadian Electronic Library, [2014] 2016.
Series: DesLibris., Books collection.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Burqa of Skin is a dense collection of writings from Nelly Arcan, channelling harrowing disenchantment and indignation. From her very first novel, Putain (Seuil, 2001), Arcan shook the literary landscape with her flamboyant lyricism and her preoccupations with such recurring themes as our culture's vertiginous obsession with youth, and its reverse: the draw of death. Now beyond the ripples of scandal Arcan's work  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: (DLC) 2014495644
(OCoLC)907294738
Named Person: Nelly Arcan; Nelly Arcan
Material Type: Biography, Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nelly Arcan; Melissa Bull
ISBN: 9781772140620 1772140627
OCLC Number: 946888776
Notes: Translation of: Burqa de chair.
Issued as part of the desLibris books collection.
Description: 1 online resource (121 pages)
Contents: Preface : Arcan the philosopher / by Nancy Huston --
The dress --
The child in the mirror --
Shame --
Speed dating --
Killing yourself may be harmful to your health.
Series Title: DesLibris., Books collection.
Other Titles: Burqa de chair.
Responsibility: Nelly Arcan ; translated by Melissa Bull.
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Burqa of Skin is a dense collection of writings from Nelly Arcan, channelling harrowing disenchantment and indignation. From her very first novel, Putain (Seuil, 2001), Arcan shook the literary landscape with her flamboyant lyricism and her preoccupations with such recurring themes as our culture's vertiginous obsession with youth, and its reverse: the draw of death. Now beyond the ripples of scandal Arcan's work has caused, here are the last echoes of her work, and it is as stunning as it is brief. Burqa of Skin, with its gruesome title, catapults her work into contemporary debates on culture and gender. The book collects three previously unpublished works: "The Dress," "The Child in the Mirror" and "Shame." The first two are written in the first person, in that turbulent, suffocating language that was Arcan's singular brand, that of a writer on the edge. In the third text, she analyses with inexhaustible ferocity her humiliating experience on the set of a TV talk show. Two lesser-known non-fiction pieces are also included in this collection: a reflection on speed dating and a column published in 2004 titled "Suicide Can Be Harmful to Your Health."

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