Notebooks, 1956-1978

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Litmus Press, Jan 1, 2003 - Poetry - 85 pages
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Poetry. Translated from the French by Norma Cole. Born into a Breton family active in the Resistance during the Second World War, Danielle Collobert moved to Paris at the age of 19. There, she took her own life in the summer of 1978. These notebooks were found in her posession at the time of her death. "Beyond everything she has discovered her own utter nakedness: that owned by nights of relentless attention to the other, or reflected in mirrors of all-night cafes where you can look, listen or simply wait, attending the blank page, from which the lassitude of daybreak will rescue you, overwhelm you"--Uccio Esposito-Torrigiani, from the postface.

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Danielle Collobert (1940-1978) was a French poet, author, and journalist. Born into a Breton family active in the Resistance during the Second World War, she killed herself on July 23, 1978 in a hotel room on the rue Dauphine in Paris. At 19 she abandoned her university studies and moved to Paris, where she began writing short poems and texts that would three years later be a part of MURDER (Litmus Press, 2013). For several months, she belonged to a group supporting the FLN, and from time to time, disappeared to carry out missions. After a self-imposed exile in Italy, she joined the staff of the Algerian magazine R volution Africaine. Collobert joined the Writers' Union in May '68, and a few months later turned up in Czekhoslovakia as Soviet tanks rolled across the country. She traveled near continuously from 1970 to 1978. Other works in English translation are IT THEN (O Books, 1989) and NOTEBOOKS: 1956-1978 (Litmus Press, 2003), both translated by Norma Cole.

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