Scratches

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Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 258 pages
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Scratches is the first volume in Michel Leiris's monumental four-volume autobiography, Rules of the Game. In this volume, the celebrated French writer examines his inventory of memories, explores the language of his childhood, weaves anecdotes from his private life with his old and recent ideas. In the end, he so mercilessly scrutinizes what was familiar that its familiarity drops away and it blossoms into something exotic. As Leiris recollects his childhood, his father's recording machine becomes a miraculous object and the letters of the alphabet - from A (or the double ladder of a house painter) to I (a soldier standing at attention) to X (the cross one makes on something whose secret one will never penetrate) - come magically to life. Also here are evocations of Paris under the occupation, his journey to Africa, and meditations on his fear of death, which he tried to exorcise through his autobiographical writings.

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Songs
17
Alphabet
31
Persephone
64
Copyright

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About the author (1997)

Georges Bataille (1897-1962) was an essayist, philosophical theorist and novelist, often called the 'metaphysician of evil', interested in sex, death, degradation and the power and potential of the obscene. His most famous work is the highly-charged erotic novella, "The Story of the Eye," Michel Leiris (1901-1990) was a novelist, poet, art-critic and anthropologist, particularly interested in the cultures of Africa, the Carribean and Central America. His best known writings include "Manhood, The Rules of the Game "and "Phantom ""Africa,

Lydia Davis is the author of several works of fiction. She is also a noted translator. She teaches at Bard College and lives in Port Ewen, New York.

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