1300 36 33 32

Touch to Affliction is a text of ruins: ruins of genre, of language, of the city, of the body, of the barbarism of the twentieth century. At once lament, accusation and elegy, this work articulates the crumbling of buildings, the evisceration of language, the inhumanity that arises from patrie. Acclaimed poet Nathalie Stephens walks among these ruins, calling out to those before her who have contemplated atrocity: Martin Buber, Henryk Gorecki, Simone Weil. In the end, this work considers what we are left with -- indeed, what is left of us -- as both participants in and heirs to the twentieth century. Touch to Affliction is political but never polemical. It lives at the interstices of thought and the unnameable. It is a book for our times.

Buy Touch to Affliction book by Nathalie Stephens from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781552451755
ISBN-10: 1552451755
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 120mm x 8mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: Coach House Books
Publisher: Coach House Books
Publish Date: 7-Nov-2002
Country of Publication: Canada


» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Touch to Affliction book by Nathalie Stephens and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write Review

Author Biography - Nathalie Stephens

Nathalie Stephens writes entre-genre in English and French. She is the author of a dozen books, including Paper City (Coach House, 2003), Je Nathanael (Bookthug, 2006), and L'Injure (L'Hexagone, 2004), a finalist for the Prix Alain-Grandbois and the Prix Trillium. Stephens lives in Chicago.

Books By Author Nathalie Stephens

Absence Where as by Nathalie Stephens

Absence Where as

Paperback, December 2008
River of Dead Trees by Nathalie Stephens

The River of Dead Trees

Paperback, November 2002
Cannibal and Melancholy Mourning by Nathalie Stephens

A Cannibal and Melancholy Mourning

Paperback, April 2000
Somewhere Running by Nathalie Stephens

Somewhere Running

Paperback, January 2000