Bluets

A feast of literary innovation and grace, of obsession with the colour blue, of depression, divinity, alcohol, and desire, of Billy Holliday and Leonard Cohen, the inextricability of pleasure and pain, of beauty and grief.

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A Guardian Book of the Year
Maggie Nelson is one of the most electrifying writers at work in America today, among the sharpest and most supple thinkers of her generation – Olivia Laing
Bluets winds its way through depression, divinity, alcohol, and desire, visiting along the way with famous blue figures, including Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Yves Klein, Leonard Cohen and Andy Warhol. While its narrator sets out to construct a sort of `pillow book’ about her lifelong obsession with the colour blue, she ends up facing down both the painful end of an affair and the grievous injury of a dear friend. The combination produces a raw, cerebral work devoted to the inextricability of pleasure and pain, and to the question of what role, if any, aesthetic beauty can play in times of great heartache or grief.
Much like Roland Barthes’s A Lover’s Discourse, Bluets has passed between lovers in the ecstasy of new love, and been pressed into the hands of the heartbroken. Visceral, learned, and acutely lucid, Bluets is a slim feat of literary innovation and grace, never before published in the UK.Bluets Hardback edition by Maggie Nelson

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ISBN-13

9.78191E 12

Format

Hardback

Publication Date

01-Jun-17

Pages

112

Product dimensions

140 x 208 x 17mm

Weight

258g