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Ongoingness : the end of a diary

Author: Sarah Manguso
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The author traces the documentation of her own life in diaries over twenty-five years, exploring the struggle to find clarity in life.
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Genre/Form: Essays
Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Sarah Manguso; Sarah Manguso
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Manguso
ISBN: 9781555977030 1555977030 9781555977658 1555977650
OCLC Number: 879582882
Notes: Autobiographical essay.
Description: 97 pages ; 20 cm
Responsibility: Sarah Manguso.

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The author traces the documentation of her own life in diaries over twenty-five years, exploring the struggle to find clarity in life.

"In her third book that continues to define the contours of the contemporary essay, Sarah Manguso confronts a meticulous diary that she has kept for twenty-five years. "I wanted to end each day with a record of everything that had ever happened," she explains. But this simple statement belies a terror that she might forget something, that she might miss something important. Maintaining that diary, now 800,000 words, had become, until recently, a kind of spiritual practice. Then Manguso became pregnant and had a child, and these two Copernican events generated an amnesia that put her into a different relationship with the need to document herself amid ongoing time. Ongoingness is a spare, meditative work that stands in stark contrast to the volubility of the diary--it is a haunting account of mortality and impermanence, of how we struggle to find clarity amid the chaos of time that rushes around and over and through us"--Publisher's website.

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