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Mirages: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin, 1939–1947 Hardcover – 15 Oct 2013
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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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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.
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.
Please see first and/or second edition of my Understanding Anais Nin available through Amazon and my own website on angelfire.