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Ladders to Fire (Peter Owen Modern Classic) Paperback – 28 Sep 2004

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers; New edition edition (28 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0720611628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0720611625
  • Package Dimensions: 18 x 12.2 x 1.8 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,246,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Real and unmistakable genius.' - Rebecca West 'It is refreshing to find a 1940s novel so firmly situated in the realms of female consciousness and so rooted in a conviction of the validity of female desire.' - SCOTSMAN 'Anais Nin writes sensitively, with psychological training as well as insight... she has a subcutaneous interest in her characters and Lawrence's sixth sense.' - TLS 'Lyrical... her words flow like music.' - GUARDIAN


Now famed for her extraordinary volumes of erotica, Anais Nin originally made her reputation with a collection of lyrical novels known as the Cities of the Interior series. Published in the aftermath of the Second World War, they were concieved by Nin as part of a 'roman fleuve', or continuous experience. LADDERS TO FIRE in 1946 was the first. This poetic, sensual novel focuses on the lives of a group of women as they undergo a period of emotional and sexual development. They record their experiences as they struggle to understand both themselves and each other. As with most of Nin's novels, LADDERS TO FIRE draws its inspiration from her confessional diaries begun in 1914 at the age of eleven. It dates from the period when Anais Nin moved to New York, a time also explored in the film Henry and June.

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