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Claude Cahun: The Soldier with No Name by [Bower, Gavin James]
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About the Author

Gavin James Bower is a writer and editor. He was born in Lancashire and lives in London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2199 KB
  • Print Length: 46 pages
  • Publisher: Zero Books (30 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ENH4HU0
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This is an essay, not a book, and a very studenty one at that. It's mere 32 pages rehash information that is widely available about the amazing Cahun elsewhere, dressing up humdrum analysis with flowery language. The author's suggestion that he is part of a small coterie of people to know of the French artist and writer is silly, given the prominence she has in contemporary art and queer/feminist circles.
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The claim that it 'represents the first explicit attempt in English to posit Cahun as an important figure in her own right' is beyond a joke. There are plenty of other good books and essays on Claude Cahun that have interesting things to say and have been fact-checked more thoroughly than Bower's pamphlet. You'd do better to source Wikipedia than this.
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This "book" (really more of a pamphlet) is only 34 pages long. It reads like little more than a brief biography of Cahun, of a quality which you'd expect to find on her English-language wikipedia page, not to pay a normal book RRP for, and in fact as another reviewer has pointed out, there's scarcely anything here which you can't already piece together for yourself from a little while browsing the internet. It's a real shame, as to be honest this felt like it could have made a not bad first chapter or introduction to an *actual* book about Cahun's work, and I'm at a loss to think why this project wasn't pursued in more depth. Simply seems like it wasn't worthwhile to publish in the current state and so my recommendation would be to spend the money on a work of Cahun's own like the translation of her "Disavowals", which is a rather fine volume and can be found on amazon for only £1 more than Bower's meagre effort.
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I am a fan of the Zero imprint, and when I came across a reference to their study of the OuLiPo group, I ordered it promptly. While doing so, I browsed their current list and noticed an intriguing title by someone I had known only as a novelist, about someone I had never heard of.
Claude Cahun turned out to be a Surrealist writer and photographer, at the heart of the movement yet keeping a distance, which maybe accounted for her relative obscurity - obscure not only to me, I gather. Looking up her name on Amazon, I discovered quite a number of books on her, mostly published after the turn of the millennium, some books of her photography, some her own writings, some academic analyses; all of them substantial and expensive. So where better to start than this extended introductory essay?
I found it elegantly produced, as all Zero books are, and elegantly written. Both Bower's novels have their own distinct style, fitted to their themes and subjects; this also has its particular style and approach.
It certainly has an academic heft to it, a convincing authority. But it is also convincingly personal, describing Bower's own discovery of Cahun's peculiar work and her unconventional and surprisingly heroic life. This combination of fascinating subject and personal engagement is what made the book so readable for me, enabling me to share that same sense of discovery.
And it was a very welcome discovery; after years of familiarity with Surrealism in both its literary and arts forms, it was refreshing to discover someone - and a woman at that - who combined both forms, produced some stunning imagery, not least of which was her own persona, stood up the Pope (Breton) and even more importantly, to the Nazis on the occupied Channel Isles.
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Claude Cahun was a master of mirror, mask and montage. In his essay 'Claude Cahun: The Soldier With No Name', Gavin James Bower unmasks Cahun as elusive writer, as well as visual artist and activist.

Little has been written about Cahun's literary output. Bower asserts that Cahun's essays in Aveux Non Avenus are `layered and at the same time unclassifiable'. The same can be said of Cahun herself. Bower in his short essay captures the essence of the troubled writer Cahun, her struggle with self. He paints a complex character, someone worthy of investigation.

'Claude Cahun: The Soldier With No Name' offers a fascinating insight into one of history's forgotten women and suggests it's time for a literary revival of Cahun's work.

Bower argues a good case as to why we should know more about Claude Cahun. This is a meticulous and deft exploration of Cahun as both woman and writer and Bower tackles the subject with a passion that will convince the reader of Cahun's extraordinary artistic merit.
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