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Twists and Turns in the Heart's Antarctic

Twists and Turns in the Heart's Antarctic

Hélène Cixous

ISBN: 978-0-745-66327-2

Nov 2013

224 pages

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Twists and Turns in the Heart's Antarctic is a compelling new volume in Hélène Cixous's search for lost time. Readers of earlier volumes - Hemlock and Hyperdream, among others - will reconnect with familiar characters: Eve, the elderly mother now in her hundredth year, Hélène, the daughter, who never expected to become a mother at 70, and the brother, childhood companion and rival. She has almost no time to write.

"You hate me! You hate me!" someone shouts. "You want me dead!" Is that a revolver on the table? Bang! Shot or door slammed? The brother storms out.

The Family is destroying itself.

Twists and Turns, like all Cixous's books, is a many-faceted text, whose narrative spins its webs in corners familiar to Cixous readers: corners with books and writers - Montaigne, Proust, Kafka, Derrida; a theater and plays; friendship, and love. It is a tale on the scale of Greek myth, about the inescapable entanglements of family relationships, that can lead one, in hyperbolic mode, to envision murder and suicide, for, as Cixous writes, "with love's force one hates." And yet, "everything twists and turns": this is a tale with profoundly touching reversals.
Author’s Foreword

Part One
O. Announces the Murder
The Other Cold
The Family Is Destroying Itself
Same Song Different Play
Xou, the Author
My Right Arm Hurts

Part Two
We’ll Not Go

Part Three
Twists and Turns
"Highly recommended."
  • Cixous is generally regarded as one of the leading, if not the leading, French feminist author writing today
  • In this new book she returns to familiar characters- the daughter, Hélène, her mother and the brother - to explore family relationships and love
  • The ‘twists and turns’ of the title refer to the contrasting feelings - love and hate - of those who share these ties
  • This book will be of particular interest to followers of Cixous, scholars working in the areas of philosophy, gender studies and literary criticism, and interested general readers