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Djuna è una giovane danzatrice, che vede nella danza l’unica possibilità di riscatto da un’infanzia difficile trascorsa in un orfanotrofio. Ottenuta una borsa di studio per una prestigiosa scuola di ballo di Parigi, inizia a frequentare i caffè di Montmartre, stringendo amicizia con giovani artisti. Con alcuni di loro intreccia storie d’amore e tra questi, due saranno partDjuna è una giovane danzatrice, che vede nella danza l’unica possibilità di riscatto da un’infanzia difficile trascorsa in un orfanotrofio. Ottenuta una borsa di studio per una prestigiosa scuola di ballo di Parigi, inizia a frequentare i caffè di Montmartre, stringendo amicizia con giovani artisti. Con alcuni di loro intreccia storie d’amore e tra questi, due saranno particolarmente importanti: Michael, un omosessuale, e Paul, un adolescente segnato dall’educazione severa e autoritaria dei genitori al quale Djuna insegna il senso profondo della libertà.L’intreccio di amore carnale e passione per la danza costituisce una tramatura sottile e continua che affascina il lettore, rendendo questo romanzo finora inedito in Italia, uno dei più riusciti di Anaïs Nin per ricchezza di immagini e costruzione narrativa....

Title : Children of the Albatross
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ISBN : 9780720611656
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 182 Pages
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Children of the Albatross Reviews

  • Adrienne
    2019-04-20 10:33

    To appriciate Nin you actual have take the time absorb what you are reading. Beautifully written, this volume follows Djuna and just when you think you know all about her Nin takes you off to meet Lillian who sees Djuna in a completly different light thus throwing all you believe into a whirl. Although the publishers encourage you to read this by flaunting it's eroticism, this volume barley hints at that side of Nins writting, it does however take you on a journey exploring mind and soul. Nin is very intuitive. This is a quality I like. So, whilst regaling us with tales about Djuna and her desire to cocoon herself in her inner child, Micheal and his seemingly unrequieted love for Donald, the wonderfully mercurial Sabine or Lillian whose insecurities and her desire to be loved make her one of Nins most likeable characters, she gives us strong insight into our own human conflicts, freedoms and desires and how our reltionships are held very tenuously together.Nin has become a firm favourite on my shelves.

  • Dario Malic
    2019-04-07 09:32

    Djeca albatrosa prožeta su lako raspoznatljivim autobiografskim elementima i upravo oni čine ovo djelo zanimljivim. Ne zato što saznajemo sočne detalje iz života Anaïs Nin, već zbog njenog pristupa životu koji je bio izrazito osebujan i samim time intrigantan, a takav je posljedično i ovaj roman. Nin odbacuje klasičnu pripovjednu strukturu, nema konkretne radnje niti previše važnih događaja, a sve bitno zbiva se unutar likova. Iz tog naglaska na bogatom nutarnjem, emocionalnom i duhovnom, i nužno pomalo melankoličnom životu, kao i kontrasta s vanjskim životom druženja, zabave i bezbrižnosti, proizlazi zavodljivost ove knjige koja nas tjera da, barem nakratko, svrnemo pogled s drugih i pogledamo duboko u sebe.

  • Elia
    2019-04-17 12:11

    This is one of very few books where I can not sum up the line of thought. It's as if you had a private tour in the many narrators' minds, streams and journeys. I would definitely read other Nin books. The way she writes is just mesmerizing.

  • Frances
    2019-04-15 12:24

    I feel like this book was a step up from the last one, perhaps due to the fact I was already introduced to the characters and I can see their growth in the second book. Everyone's a little messed up inside, which I find poignantly realistic. However, I must say that sometimes I don't understand the winding descriptions or the references that are made; but I guess its fine because I just skip over them and continue on with the story.

  • Fiona
    2019-04-24 13:29

    A coming-of-age novel but Anaïs Lin's writing is so lyrical it often blurs the boundary between poetry and prose. I could re-read passages over and over to savour her writing. One of the most uniquely female world-views I've ever read with such a strong sense of identity in the main character, Djuna. Loved it and didn't want this book to end.

  • Meghan Fidler
    2019-04-06 10:13

    Nin captures the delicate details of the mind, the stranglehold of memory and self, the sensuality of exposure to another.Don't believe me? Allow me to demonstrate: a young lady, Djuna, just finishing her Ballet lesson, is followed into the dressing room by her instructor."She had not yet taken off the voluminous skirt of the dance, the full-blown petticoat, the tight-fitting panties, so that when he entered the dressing room it seemed like a continuation of the dance. A continuation of the dance when he approached her and bent one knee in gallant salutation, and put his arms around her skirt that swelled like a huge flower. She laid her hands on his head like a queen acknowledging his worship. He remained on one knee while the skirt like a full-blown flower opened to allow a kiss to be placed at the core. A kiss enclosed in the corolla of the skirt and hidden away, then he returned to the studio to speak with the pianist, to tell her at what time to come the next day, and to pay her, while Djuna dressed, covering warmth, covering her tremor, covering her fears."From finding ourselves in our homes, making the self into the home, we wander around the labyrinths of complex feelings and needs as the characters learn about themselves as through others. This book is amazing, a brilliant combination of poetics and social politics. I admire Nin enormously.

  • El
    2019-04-06 10:36

    Djuna is the central character in this portion of the five-volume Cities of the Interior (incidentally the first of the five that I have read). The story details her adolescence and, of course, her sexual awakening. Later in life she is a source of solace by others, some of with which she has sexual encounters, others that she has helped "free". There are a lot of the same themes in this book that comes up in a lot of her writing, including her diaries, such as freedom and independence (from lovers, from family, from oneself) which is an interesting motif that does not grow old for me when it appears in Nin's writing.While I still find it hard to stomach some of Nin's personal behavior in her life (being married to two men at one time, with neither man knowing about the other and her relationship with Henry Miller is absolutely baffling to me), her writing is interesting and generally quick to read. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this collection since I had not realized it was part of a larger work - but I picked it up for a buck, so who am I to complain?

  • Deniz Balcı
    2019-04-24 11:10

    İçsel Kentler Serisi'nin 2. kitabı "Albatros'un Çocukları". İlk bölümünde Djuna'nın iç dünyasına odaklanıyor yazar. İkinci kısımda da ilk kitaptan tanışık olduğumuz Jay, Lilian, Sabina ve diğerlerinin.Açıkçası ilk kitapta da fark ettiğim fakat sonrasında değişeceğini umduğum bir sıkıntı var Anais Nin kitaplarında: Abartılı şiirsel anlatım. Kitap aslında anlatmak istediklerini, yarısı kadar bir yazında anlatabilir. O kadar çok girift duygular, benzetmeler var ki kitaba yabancılaştırıyor okuyucuyu.Kadın romanı olarak baktığımda elbette önemli bir noktada fakat ben biraz zorlama buldum özellikle bu kitabı. Hatta serinin diğer kitaplarını almış olmama rağmen yakın zamanda okumayı düşünmüyorum. Püren Özgören gibi çok önemli bir çevirmen çevirmiş bir de. Ona rağmen çoğu zaman kombinin son ayarını açmış evin içinde sıcaktan bunalıyormuş gibi hissettim kendimi.Henry Miller nasıl dibine kadar erkeksi bir duygu dünyasının kapılarını açıyorsa, Anais Nin'de aynı dünyanın kadınsı kapılarını açıyor. Zaten ilişkileri olan ve birbirlerini destekleyen bu iki yazar benzeşiyorsa da Miller'in güçlü gözlem gücü ve yaptığı sistem eleştirileri Nin'de yok. İyi okumalar.10/5

  • James F
    2019-03-31 15:22

    This is the second book of the "continuous novel" Cities of the Interior. I won't repeat my review of the first book, but the same general description applies to this one. While the first book focused mainly on the character of Lilian, this book focuses on Djuna. Like the first book, it is divided into two parts; the first part, "The Sealed Room", is entirely on the earlier life of Djuna (before the first book) and introduces the characters of Paul (not the same Paul as in the first book, as far as I can tell), Michael and Donald; the second part, "The Caf��", gives a character description (no actions) of Sabina, carries forward the story of Lilian and Jay, and then ends up with a scene in a caf�� which corresponds to the ending party scene in the first book, with most of the characters together, seen from the viewpoint of Djuna. The chronology is not altogether clear; while this may be a "continuous novel" it is not a continuous narrative.

  • Jonathan
    2019-04-09 09:30

    A bit better than I gave it credit for on the first read, but, not by much. I think the trouble is (as I said, previously), Djuna is my favorite character, but even in her own story, she's the "visitor" more than she is a focus, even when she is the focus, she's her own visitor. I liked Paul, everyone else is passable (And, for the most part, I consider Lillian a drag. Lillian is probably my least favorite character.) Again, tidbits I might go back and quote from the book on a third read, sometime in the future; but the lack of the feeling of completion in the book (Which is, after all, the main theme of the second book, and the reasons why), remains a touch of genius, as well as being a bit irksome.

  • Cagne
    2019-03-30 13:39

         Una narrazione un po' confusa, che salta da un personaggio all'altro, tra i membri di quello che alla fine risulta essere un piccolo circolo di persone. Nin si distingue a tratti per l'analisi del mondo interiore dei suoi personaggi, e delle loro personalità.<->     A slightly confused narration, jumping from a character to another, among the members of what will turn out to be a small social circle. Nin distinguishes herself for the analysis of the interior world of her characters, and their personalities.

  • Rosa
    2019-04-05 13:27

    Felsefe, psikoloji, edebiyat, mistisizm... Anaïs Nin insanı, insanın gizli özgürlük hissini, baskılara karşı oluşturduğu duvarlarını, bunlardan doğan travmalarını, kadın-erkek ilişkilerinde kördüğüm olmuş noktaları öyle iyi gözlemlemiş ve bu dört alanla harmanlayıp eserine öyle ustaca yansıtmış ki! Uzun zamandır bu kadar iyi bir kitap okumamıştım. Adeta Alessandro Baricco'nun "Okyanus Deniz" adlı eserindeki o derinlik ve güçle aynı kıvamda. Düşünlerin, tespitlerin, hislerin derinliği edebiyatla çok doğru bir noktada buluşmuş! Anaïs Nin'i çok geç tanımışım maalesef...

  • Sofia aaa
    2019-03-28 10:38

    again && again more than just reality,it's a living dream, a virtual reality. no rules no mistakes. to love without boundaries, to live without second thoughts and everything glows in Djuna/Nin's world.The first part was better in my opinion, but it was a pleasure to 'hear' again about other Nin's characters. (specially Sabina and Donald and Michael!)Nin's amazing. I can't wait to read more of her work/world.

  • Tripmastermonkey
    2019-04-11 15:17

    i can't quite remember when i read this book, but i did get it from the anarchist bookshop (when it was still that) Flor Y Canto. total aside...and my memory is a bit muddled, to be honest, but at the time it was a very powerful book for me because, as memory serves, it really explored the dynamics of interpersonal and romantic relationships

  • Erika
    2019-04-09 14:12

    I absolutely loved this book. Nin's writing struck the perfect balance of poetry and prose. It's exactly what I've been looking for. This was the first of her work that I've read and it has spawned quite the interest in the rest of her work.

  • Amy
    2019-04-21 14:27

    I really wanted to like Anais Nin, and this is the first writing of hers that I've read. I found it very hard to follow the daydreamy fights of fancy and must confess that I sped-read most of the first half. Would rather read her lover, Henry Miller.

  • Fiona
    2019-04-07 10:13

    "With one hand out of the blanket he would seek her little finger with his little finger and hold it."

  • Keren
    2019-04-12 13:34

    Friendship and love among misfits in Paris. Interesting.

  • Hannah
    2019-04-14 10:25

    Wasn't that into this one; I think it skipped around from character to character too much for me to get attached to it, and it took me way longer to read than it should have because of that.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-04-06 14:16

    This was really good. Quick and to the point, but with some fantastic descriptions and characters.

  • Larissa
    2019-04-16 10:31

    My #1 by Nin

  • Mike
    2019-03-30 07:39

    Gee, I like Anais. She's like an old, predictable, comforting friend.

  • Daniel Burton-Rose
    2019-04-21 11:36

    These interwoven portraits of acquaintances on the continuum along friend and lover powerfully evoke an ebullient scene that values creation above all else.

  • Daetaya
    2019-04-20 09:23

    A book about growing up. About pushing limits and giving way sometimes. With the usual beauty of Anis Nin.

  • Nomi
    2019-04-02 07:23

    Beautiful, powerful and revealing. A deft exploration of the many facets of a single woman ...