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The Resource Last Words from Montmartre, Qiu Miaojin ; translated and with an introduction by Ari Larissa Heinrich

Last Words from Montmartre, Qiu Miaojin ; translated and with an introduction by Ari Larissa Heinrich

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Last Words from Montmartre
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Last Words from Montmartre
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Qiu Miaojin ; translated and with an introduction by Ari Larissa Heinrich
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  • eng
  • chi
  • eng
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"An NYRB Classics Original Last Words from Montmartre is a novel in letters that narrates the gradual dissolution of a relationship between two lovers and, ultimately, the complete unraveling of the narrator. In a voice that veers between extremes, from self-deprecation to hubris, compulsive repetition to sublime reflection, reticence to vulnerability, it can be read as both the author's masterpiece and a labor of love, as well as her own suicide note. Last Words from Montmartre, written just as Internet culture was about to explode, is also a kind of farewell to letters. The opening note urges us to read the letters in any order. Each letter unfolds as a chapter, the narrator writing from Paris to her lover in Taipei and to family and friends in Taiwan and Tokyo. The book opens with the death of a beloved pet rabbit and closes with a portentous expression of the narrator's resolve to kill herself. In between we follow Qiu's protagonist into the streets of Montmartre; into descriptions of affairs with both men and women, French and Taiwanese; into rhapsodic musings on the works of Theodoros Angelopoulos and Andrei Tarkovsky; and into wrenching and clear-eyed outlines of what it means to exist not only between cultures but, to a certain extent, between and among genders. More Confessions of a Mask than Well of Loneliness, the novel marks Qiu as one of the finest experimentalist and modernist Chinese-language writers of our generation"--
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"An NYRB Classics Original Last Words from Montmartre is a novel in letters that narrates the gradual dissolution of a relationship between two lovers and, ultimately, the complete unraveling of the narrator. In a voice that veers between extremes, from self-deprecation to hubris, compulsive repetition to sublime reflection, reticence to vulnerability, it can be read as both the author's masterpiece and a labor of love, as well as her own suicide note. Last Words from Montmartre, written just as Internet culture was about to explode, is also a kind of farewell to letters. The opening note urges us to read the letters in any order. Each letter unfolds as a chapter, the narrator writing from Paris to her lover in Taipei and to family and friendsin Taiwan and Tokyo. The book opens with the death of a beloved pet rabbit and closes with a portentous expression of the narrator's resolve to kill herself. In between we follow Qiu's protagonist into the streets of Montmartre; into descriptions of affairs with both men and women, French and Taiwanese; into rhapsodic musings on the works of Theodoros Angelopoulos and Andrei Tarkovsky; and into wrenching and clear-eyed outlines of what it means to exist not only between cultures but, to a certainextent, between and among genders. More Confessions of a Mask than Well of Loneliness, the novel marks Qiu as one of the finest experimentalist and modernist Chinese-language writers of our generation"--
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10316863
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DLC
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822/.914
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no index present
Language note
Originally published in 1969
Literary form
fiction
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Series statement
New York Review Books Classics
Target audience
adult
Label
Last Words from Montmartre, Qiu Miaojin ; translated and with an introduction by Ari Larissa Heinrich
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9781590177259.jpg
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
161 pages
Isbn
9781590177259
Isbn Type
(softcover)
Lccn
2013049765
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(OCoLC)858126076
Label
Last Words from Montmartre, Qiu Miaojin ; translated and with an introduction by Ari Larissa Heinrich
Link
9781590177259.jpg
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
161 pages
Isbn
9781590177259
Isbn Type
(softcover)
Lccn
2013049765
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)858126076

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