February 2010, Polity
The latter part of the narrative brings a rush of sensations, impressions, memories, and new encounters as the narrator revisits sites from her past in Algiers and especially in Oran, the city of her birth, the city of the family’s happiness before her father’s death when she was a young girl. The quest to find his grave again in the overgrown Jewish cemetery of Algiers leads to a startlingly moving scene that closes the voyage and the book.
A major new book by one of the leading feminist writers in France today
Like many of her books, Cixous blends fiction and autobiography to craft a unique literary work with the distinctive style and voice that have made her world famous
The book recounts the author's return to her native Algeria after a long absence and interweaves intimate descriptions of family and friends with dreams, imagined and real conversations, as well as reflections on the past and future
Her close friend, the late Jacques Derrida, features prominently and this text will therefore appeal to all those who admire both philosophers and are interested in this enduring friendship between them
Cixous is very well-known in the English-speaking world and her work is widely read, especially in the U.S
"This translation of a key text marks an important step forward in making Cixous accessible to a wider public. Peggy Kamuf has achieved the impossible, succeeding both in rendering the subtlety of Cixous's thinking and in conveying a sense of the beauty of her prose."
Mairéad Hanrahan, University College London
"So Close is sensationally truthful. It approaches Algeria through the unexpected realms of writing, where literature and reality almost touch. This fiction has a child's ability to believe; a child who has read Proust and the Greeks, lived through history, and can still sense the danger sleeping in a macaroon."
Sarah Wood, University of Kent