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By Maggie Nelson


A Murder

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Jane by Maggie Nelson

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Jane tells the spectral story of the life and death of Maggie Nelson s aunt Jane, who was murdered in 1969 while a first-year law student at the University of Michigan. Though officially unsolved, Jane s murder was apparently the third in a series of seven brutal rape-murders in the area. Nelson was born a few years after Jane s death, and the narrative is suffused with the long shadow her murder cast over both the family and her psyche. Jane explores the nature of this haunting incident via a collage of poetry, prose, and documentary sources, including newspapers, related "true crime" books, and fragments from Jane s own diaries written. Each piece in Jane has its own form that serves as an important fissure, disrupting the tabloid, "page-turner" quality of the story, and eventually returning the reader to deeper questions about girlhood, empathy, identification, and the essentially unknowable aspects of another s life and death. Part elegy, part memoir, detective story, part meditation on violence, and part conversation between the living and the dead, Jane s powerful and disturbing subject matter, combined with its innovations in genre, expands the notion of what poetry can dowhat kind of stories it can tell, and how it can tell them."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781932360714
ISBN-10: 1932360719
Format: Paperback / softback
(204mm x 126mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Soft Skull Press
Publisher: Counterpoint
Publish Date: 17-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Red Parts by Maggie Nelson Red Parts, Paperback (June 2017)

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Bluets by Maggie Nelson Bluets, Hardback (June 2017)

Takes you through depression, divinity, alcohol, and desire, visiting along the way famous blue figures, including Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Yves Klein, Leonard Cohen, and Andy Warhol. In this book, the narrator sets out to construct a sort of 'pillow book' about her lifelong obsession with the colour blue.

Matthew Barney by Maggie Nelson Matthew Barney, Hardback (November 2016)

A generously illustrated look at the intricate narrative threads of three of the artist's earliest works, and their continued resonance today

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