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Offline Iain Fisher

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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2011, 09:50:13 PM »
I just read Whore by Nelly Arcan, translated from the French by Bruce Benderson.  A powerful and sad book.

It is a novel, so fiction, but there is obviously a clear link to her life.  Lines like

"...no, in the end it isn't easy to die, it's easier to chatter, worm, whimper, and besides, my mother has never killed herself, why I don't know, probably because it takes strength to cut your wrists, to kill yourself you first need to be alive."

and

"...I'll kill myself in front of you at the end of a rope, I'll make my death into a poster that will reproduce itself on the walls, I'll die like they die in the theatre, in the din of hie and cry."

It is the only book of hers in English (so far), I hope the rest will come out.  It is worth reading, with good insights.

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« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2009, 06:36:06 PM »
Very sad news. My heart goes out to all Nelly Arcan's friends, loved ones and enthusiasts.

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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2009, 08:28:36 PM »
She sounds interesting and sad that she has died.  I hadn't heard of her, but Amazon UK have Whore (Putain translated into English) so I ordered it.  The book is coming from America- three weeks to wait- so I guess she isn't yet published in Europe.  I am looking forward to reading her, even though the circumstance is sad.

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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2009, 03:21:53 AM »
May I entertain about something that touches me...

it happen this week. Like it happen in 1999. and probably many time before

This time, it happens in my peaceful Quebec...

She gave herself death (not the best article, but it gives the simple information...)

Nelly Arcan. A kind of provocative writer, whose work was about prostitution, love, desire and, at last, suicide.

Can we link Nelly Arcan to Sarah Kane? Probably. for sure, it seems to me like if the story was beginning... again.




I just wanted to entertain you about it. found it was an... interesting (?) and sad link to make...
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