Description - The Two Kinds of Decay by Sarah Manguso
The events that began in 1995 might keep happening to me as long as things can happen to me. Think of spacetime, through which heavenly bodies fly forever. They fly until they change into new forms, simpler forms, with ever fever qualities and increasingly beautiful names. There are names for things in spacetime that are nothing, for things that are less than nothing. White dwarfs, red giants, black holes, singularities. But even then, in their less-than-nothing state, they keep happening. AT AGE TWENTY-ONE, Sarah Manguso developed a neurological disease so rare it didn't even have a real name. A wildly unpredictable disease that appeared suddenly and tore through her twenties, vanishing and then returning, paralyzing her for weeks at a time, programming her first to expect nothing from life and then, furiously, to expect everything. In wry and unsentimental prose, Manguso re-counts her nine-year struggle with this enigmatic affliction and its treatments, from emergency blood cleansings and collapsed veins to addiction and depression, to perhaps the unkindest cut of all for a writer - the trite metaphors that accompany prolonged illness. Ultimately, through, hers is not so much a chronicle of triumph or tragedy as it is simply a story about learning to pay attention. Alternating between moments of acute sensitivity and extraordinary detachment with grace and self-awareness, Manguso mangers to train our eyes anew on the meaning of illness and survival.
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(206mm x 137mm x 21mm)
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