Camille Claudel: A Novel

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Alma Bond, 2005 - Fiction - 244 pages
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Camille Claudel, an old lady confined to the Asylum for the Insane in Montdevergues, France, reviews her life. She says, aI hope my memoir will illustrate the heights of passion Rodin and I reached, and unravel the mystery of why they were transformed into vinegar and ashes.a The tragedy is not only hers, she adds, but that of many female artists who found it impossible to achieve the success of men artists of lesser ability. The book illuminates her childhood and the rise of her career in the setting of her ecstatic life with Rodin. Their ten years of bliss are followed by the disintegration of her love for him, and its evolution into hatred and psychosis. The last third of the book describes the horrors of Claudelas life in the asylum, ending with the highly original manner in which she comes to terms psychologically with Rodin and the other important figures in her life.
 

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CAMILLE CLAUDEL: A Novel

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In a fictionalized treatment, the French sculptor looks back on her sometimes ecstatic, but mostly tortured life.Bond, a retired Freudian psychoanalyst and author of a number of varied works, here ... Read full review

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A psychoanalytic decent into madness has never been so much fun Locked up in Montdevergues Asylum in 1943, Camille Claudel recalls her life as a combination of both happy memories and horrific ... Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
13
The Early Years 18641881
17
The Rodin Years 18811912
61
The Love Affair 18821892
63
The Breakup 18931901
132
The Downhill Slide 19021912
177
The Asylum Years 19131943
195
Addendum
239
Bibliography
241
Glossary
243
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