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Book Title: Dark Spring|
The author of the book: Unica Zürn
ISBN 13: 9781878972309
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 662 KB
Edition: Exact Change
Date of issue: October 1st 2008
Read full description of the books Dark Spring:Brief, intensely concentrated dissection of the transfixing perfect pleasure-pain at the threshold of an unfulfillable desire. That the protagonist is ages 10 through 12, and perhaps autobiographical, makes each cut much sharper. Even at this age, sexual pleasure is a specific motivation here, but only divorced from any other participant -- the nameless protagonist is obsessed with her "wound" (and full negative connotations apply to her experiences), and obsessed with certain men, prototypes of absent father and dangerous other, but can only mediate between self and other via increasingly tumultuous internal fantasies. Any risk of actual fulfillment flips pleasure into horror and disgust, which lends the protagonists thoughts both a kind of innocence despite her desires, but also a tortured confinement without any possibility of release. As I said, it's intense. I should certainly hope this sort of pre-teen experience isn't too common, but if it is, it is vital for fearless work like this to exist and discuss it.
Unica Zurn, born in Germany in 1916, only began writing after WWII, soon moving with Hans Bellmer to Paris and becoming involved in surrealist circles there. Just after this book was written, and published, she killed herself by throwing herself from the window of the apartment she shared with Bellmer, which lends this certain sharp resonances. Her drawings are also of quite a lot of interest:
Read information about the authorUnica Zürn was a German author and painter. She is remembered for her works of anagram poetry, exhibitions of automatic drawing, and her photographic collaborations with Hans Bellmer.
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