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Bluets – tekijä: Maggie Nelson
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Bluets (vuoden 2009 painos)

– tekijä: Maggie Nelson

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A Guardian Book of the Year Maggie Nelson is one of the most electrifying writers at work in America today, among the sharpest and most supple thinkers of her generation - Olivia Laing Bluetswinds its way through depression, divinity, alcohol, and desire, visiting along the way with famous blue figures, including Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Yves Klein, Leonard Cohen and Andy Warhol. While its narrator sets out to construct a sort of 'pillow book' about her lifelong obsession with the colour blue, she ends up facing down both the painful end of an affair and the grievous injury of a dear friend. The combination produces a raw, cerebral work devoted to the inextricability of pleasure and pain, and to the question of what role, if any, aesthetic beauty can play in times of great heartache or grief. Much like Roland Barthes's A Lover's Discourse, Bluetshas passed between lovers in the ecstasy of new love, and been pressed into the hands of the heartbroken. Visceral, learned, and acutely lucid, Bluetsis a slim feat of literary innovation and grace, never before published in the UK.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:Penny-Ante
Teoksen nimi:Bluets
Kirjailijat:Maggie Nelson
Info:Wave Books (2009), Edition: First Edition 2nd Printing, Paperback, 112 pages
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  RODNEYP | Jun 7, 2021 |
"Mostly I have felt myself becoming a servant of sadness. I am still looking for the beauty in that."

It feels like a beloved antique glass that slips from your hand accidentally, however gently, then you stare at its shards partly trying to let it all sink in, partly hoping it will glue itself back together and become whole again. Quite a metaphor for love and loss, loneliness and lust at a palpable distance; and such is Maggie Nelson's eulogy for its kept fragments.

"How often I've imagined the bubble of body and breath you and I made, even though by now I can hardly remember what you look like, I can hardly see your face."

In Bluets, the enduring reputation of the colour blue appears in a number of references and parallels: films (Derek Jarman's poignant Blue, a little surprising she did not mention Kieślowski's Blue), music (Joni Mitchell's unforgettable Blue), and literature (Gass' On Being Blue). Its jack-of-all-trades personification and flexible contradictions are proofs of how it kindles and washes away a spectrum of emotions. A raw and moving prose-poetry — at times disjointed, other times painfully fitting — which reads like a set of persistent memories. They come and go like a thousand thoughts, your mind's a miles away, you're sitting in a bus, the bus continues to take you faraway from somewhere. Only, they all end up on the person you have lost; now unreachable, invisible. You find the person everywhere. It is blue.

"For to wish to forget how much you loved someone — and then, to actually forget — can feel, at times, like the slaughter of a beautiful bird who chose, by nothing short of grace, to make a habitat of your heart."

Black and blue. Out of the blue. Feel blue. Blue balls. Blue pill. Once in a blue moon. True-blue. Between the devil and the deep blue sea. Bolt from the blue. Blue in the face. Blue sky...

"I want you to know, if you ever read this, there was a time when I would rather have had you by my side than any one of these words; I would rather have had you by my side than all the blue in the world.

But now you are talking as if love were a consolation. Simone Weil warned otherwise. 'Love is not consolation,' she wrote. 'It is light.'" ( )
  lethalmauve | Jan 25, 2021 |
Meditative, lyrical, sometimes bitter, sometimes inconsolable and quite often full of transcendence. I wanted to push aside the world when I was reading this, if only because the threads connecting each of her "propositions" felt like they had to be held tenuously and tenderly. I loved how it moved from topic to topic, from the empirical to the poetic, so smoothly, almost without need for thought.

It seems to be a book about the colour blue, which it is and also isn't. But how freeing that someone allows themselves to write like this. To start with a proposition and run with it as far as her mind wants to go. I've been wanting to read this a while, but I went to actually order it because Durga Chew-Bose cited her as one of her inspirations for "Too Much and Not The Mood," which exemplifies that utter freedom in writing even further, I feel.

My favourite bits:

"Once I travelled to the Tate in London to see the blue paintings of Yves Klein, who invented and patented his own shade of ultramarine, International Klein Blue (IKB), then painted canvases and objects with it throughout a period of his life he dubbed “l’epoque bleu.” Standing in front of these blue paintings, or propositions, at the Tate, feeling their blue radiate out so hotly that it seemed to be touching, perhaps even hurting, my eyeballs, I wrote but one phrase in my notebook: too much. I had come all this way, and I could barely look. Perhaps I had inadvertently brushed up against the Buddhist axiom, that enlightenment is the ultimate disappointment."

"We cannot read the darkness. We cannot read it. It is a form of madness, albeit a common one, that we try."
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  verkur | Jan 8, 2021 |
A study/meditation of the color blue, also of loss, pain, love. OMG, heartstoppingly beautiful. I'd read this book 50 more times and never read the same thing twice. I probably will. I liked it that much. ( )
  Smokler | Jan 3, 2021 |
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A Guardian Book of the Year Maggie Nelson is one of the most electrifying writers at work in America today, among the sharpest and most supple thinkers of her generation - Olivia Laing Bluetswinds its way through depression, divinity, alcohol, and desire, visiting along the way with famous blue figures, including Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Yves Klein, Leonard Cohen and Andy Warhol. While its narrator sets out to construct a sort of 'pillow book' about her lifelong obsession with the colour blue, she ends up facing down both the painful end of an affair and the grievous injury of a dear friend. The combination produces a raw, cerebral work devoted to the inextricability of pleasure and pain, and to the question of what role, if any, aesthetic beauty can play in times of great heartache or grief. Much like Roland Barthes's A Lover's Discourse, Bluetshas passed between lovers in the ecstasy of new love, and been pressed into the hands of the heartbroken. Visceral, learned, and acutely lucid, Bluetsis a slim feat of literary innovation and grace, never before published in the UK.

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