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Mirages: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin, 1939–1947 Hardcover – 15 Oct 2013

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  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Swallow Press; Uxg edition (15 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080401146X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804011464
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"The celebrated diarist, novelist and electric personality reappears with all the fire of her eroticism in pages untouched by a Bowdler or a Puritan... Readers will find Nin a most entertaining companion-her multiple simultaneous relationships with men, her gleefully graphic descriptions of sex acts... In one late entry, Nin complains, mildly: 'My world is so large I get lost in it'; readers will do the same-and gratefully so." -Kirkus Reviews "Anais Nin (1903-1977) is not only one of history's most dedicated diarists, but also a vocal expounder of the idea that keeping a diary enhances your creativity... Mirages (is) revelatory in its entirety." -Brain Pickings "Exquisitely nuanced, ornate, delicate and raw, endlessly evocative and provocative. Nobody does it better." -Washington Independent Review of Books "(Mirages)...is a highly personal account of Nin's inner life and relationships..." -Choice "The reader benefits from (Nin's) thoughtful, unique perspective on America in the 1940s, as she reinvented herself as a first-class feminist, entrepreneur and a woman with an incredibly erotic daily life, told through sensual and graphic details... Anais Nin's diaries have become the standard for personal diaries only a few writers could match. The curious reader, seeking graphic details of Nin's encounters with intimacy won't be disappointed." -Blog Critics "This fifth in a series of unexpurgated diary volumes by American novelist and short story and erotica writer Nin (House of Incest; Delta of Venus) covers a period longer than any other volume to date... Nin's life was steeped in secrecy, lies, passion, longing, and introspection, perhaps the most so during this period. Of the unexpurgated diary volumes thus far, this one benefits the most from full disclosure, illustrating the greater extents of Nin's fragility and ferocity and revealing dimensions of the writer that deeply enrich the reading of her work."- Library Journal "The fifth volume in the unexpurgated series that is gradually replacing the earlier, sanitized edition of Nin's famous diary begins with her 1939 flight from war-shadowed Paris to New York and tracks her struggles to adapt to America and reconfigure her writing life... Nin-calculating, theatrical, and prodigious-provides cascading insights into the traumas that made her a 'demon of intensity' determined to turn her life into a literary work of unique psychological revelation."- Booklist

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“The celebrated diarist, novelist and electric personality reappears with all the fire of her eroticism in pages untouched by a Bowdler or a Puritan…. Readers will find Nin a most entertaining companion―her multiple simultaneous relationships with men, her gleefully graphic descriptions of sex acts…. In one late entry, Nin complains, mildly: ‘My world is so large I get lost in it’; readers will do the same―and gratefully so.”
―Kirkus Reviews


“Anaïs Nin (1903–1977) is not only one of history’s most dedicated diarists, but also a vocal expounder of the idea that keeping a diary enhances your creativity…. Mirages (is) revelatory in its entirety.”
―Brain Pickings


“Exquisitely nuanced, ornate, delicate and raw, endlessly evocative and provocative. Nobody does it better.”
―Washington Independent Review of Books


“(Mirages)…is a highly personal account of Nin's inner life and relationships…”
―Choice


“The reader benefits from (Nin’s) thoughtful, unique perspective on America in the 1940s, as she reinvented herself as a first-class feminist, entrepreneur and a woman with an incredibly erotic daily life, told through sensual and graphic details…. Anaïs Nin’s diaries have become the standard for personal diaries only a few writers could match. The curious reader, seeking graphic details of Nin’s encounters with intimacy won’t be disappointed.”
―Blog Critics


“This fifth in a series of unexpurgated diary volumes by American novelist and short story and erotica writer Nin (House of Incest; Delta of Venus) covers a period longer than any other volume to date…. Nin's life was steeped in secrecy, lies, passion, longing, and introspection, perhaps the most so during this period. Of the unexpurgated diary volumes thus far, this one benefits the most from full disclosure, illustrating the greater extents of Nin's fragility and ferocity and revealing dimensions of the writer that deeply enrich the reading of her work.”
— Library Journal


"The fifth volume in the unexpurgated series that is gradually replacing the earlier, sanitized edition of Nin’s famous diary begins with her 1939 flight from war-shadowed Paris to New York and tracks her struggles to adapt to America and reconfigure her writing life…. Nin—calculating, theatrical, and prodigious—provides cascading insights into the traumas that made her a ‘demon of intensity’ determined to turn her life into a literary work of unique psychological revelation.”
— Booklist

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5.0 out of 5 stars If you are an Anaïs Nin fan, read the book 4 Mar. 2014
By Adele - Published on Amazon.com
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Having read all of Anaïs Nin's books, starting when they were first published, years before she died, and then the unexpurgated volumes became available, I had to read this one. This book, those pages left out in between the other events of her life, is mostly about her sex life. Yes, there is an interesting string of letters between Nin and Henry Miller that illuminates her break with Miller, but the other pages are about all the many liaisons Anaïs had with younger men after she left Paris and is living in New York. Sometimes she has sex with three people in one day. One lover was only 17 at the time. Perhaps in today's world she would be arrested for child molestation.

I found Nin's long section on her relationship with the young twenty year old, Gore Vidal when she was in her forties, interesting. They did not consummate the relationship with sex because he was gay but the relationship was intimate and full of love between them and ends badly. I know there then became an angry bitter feud between Vidal and Nin but this book only hints at that. I will have to read more about Gore Vidal's personal life to learn more about what happened.

I'm struck by reading about all these sex activities that if we were reading about the same thing in the life of a man people would not find it shocking or make judgements. It has been considered manly to have notches in one's belt, and slutty for a woman to have many sexual encounters - especially with all relationships going on at the same time.

Mirages ends with Anaïs meeting Rupert Pole, the man she was living with when she died. Pole was her second husband while she was also married Hugo. How she managed all these relationships is mind boggling to think about. I'm hoping there will be yet another volume that includes the relationship with Rupert Pole.

There is no way the material in Mirages could have been published when Nin was alive, not just because of the people mentioned but how the public would have responded. Unless one reads the original diaries the content of this diary does not give the whole picture and takes on a different meaning. Anaïs Nin might have had a very active sex life, but that was not all there was to this woman. Is there any whole picture of this sexually prolific, literary prolific mysterious woman, Anaïs Nin? If you are an Anaïs Nin fan, read the book and if you aren't begin with the beginning diaries.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Woman in Search of True Love 12 Jan. 2014
By bookkitten - Published on Amazon.com
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This wonderfully-weighty slice of an almost eight-year period in Anais Nin's life is fascinating. It begins when she returns to America, depressed to leave Europe at the dawn of World War II, and in a state of confused dissatisfaction over her love life. She's in her mid-thirties and has been married for many years, but has not been satisfied in her marriage. She has been strongly influenced by European ideas and has taken lovers, most notably Henry Miller, but she finds herself feeling intensely lonely in America. For one, she misses the intense artistic camaraderie she enjoyed in Paris. Her loneliness sends her on a quest: to find one love who will satisfy her longing for emotional connection. The forms this quest takes can be pretty shocking: Nin has affairs with many men, all the while analyzing herself and trying to find the reasons for her "hunger," and the many resulting affairs constitute the "mirages" referred to in the title. At one point Nin even called herself a "nymphomaniac." Finally, at the end of this particular journey, Nin meets a man who loves her the way she wants to be loved -- both emotionally and physically. Kudos to the editor, Paul Herron, who searched through Nin's original diaries, found these passages that had not been previously published, and saw to it that this story was brought out in the light of day! It's a wonderful tale of human desire and fulfillment!
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nin Distraught 13 Nov. 2013
By Jim Morris - Published on Amazon.com
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Only about halfway through at this point, but enjoying it mightily. Nin's diaries are perfect for when you only have ten minutes here or twenty minutes there to read them, as the entries are short. This particular volume seems to encompass the period of the greatest unhappiness in her life, but then again this is Anais Nin, so she squeezes in some terrific hot sex into her general ennui. And, as always, Nin provides a feast of language. I've just been reading some letters passed back and forth with Henry Miller toward the end of their relationship. She manages the difficult feat of making him look like a reasonable person. She can only be described as distraught during this period, and manages to find insult in Miller's most conciliatory passages.
But I still love the diaries. Taken altogether this is your best chance to really know a person through a lifetime of their most intimate thoughts.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is amazing as a historical document with incredible insight into American ... 4 Dec. 2014
By Matthew Uelmen - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is amazing as a historical document with incredible insight into American culture (then and perhaps now). There really is nothing else quite like Nin's diary as a piece of literature or as a historical record. Nin becomes a full-grown monster, and, really, predator over the course of the book, but that just makes it all the more fascinating. She was a beautiful monster, that wrote like an angel.
5.0 out of 5 stars truth and imagination 4 May 2014
By Rochelle L. Holt - Published on Amazon.com
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Shocking possibly unless one has studied and read Anais! She wrongly believed passion was love as many do at any age until soul searching and analysis reveal otherwise. Unconsciously and consciously,she emulated Don Juan father who abandoned family when Anais was 11. She reveals that she was an undiagnosed manic depressive by her intense sexual needs in her search to be free and to be loved. Edited by Paul Herron of Sky Blue Press, it's a good thing this unexpurgated diary was not published in Anais' lifetime for she never would be heralded as a feminist. Anais created the legend of Anais in her desperate desire for recognition. Nowadays, her escapades are in keeping with the times!
Please see first and/or second edition of my Understanding Anais Nin available through Amazon and my own website on angelfire.
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