The End of A Diary

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"In her third book that continues to define the contours of the contemporary essay, Sarah Manguso confronts a meticulous diary that she has kept for twenty-five years. "I wanted to end each day with a record of everything that had ever happened," she explains. But this simple statement belies a terror that she might forget something, that she might miss something important. Maintaining that diary, now 800,000 words, had become, until recently, a kind of spiritual practice. Then Manguso became pregnant and had a child, and these two Copernican events generated an amnesia that put her into a different relationship with the need to document herself amid ongoing time. Ongoingness is a spare, meditative work that stands in stark contrast to the volubility of the diary--it is a haunting account of mortality and impermanence, of how we struggle to find clarity amid the chaos of time that rushes around and over and through us"--Publisher's website.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota :, Graywolf Press,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781555977030
Branch Call Number: 814.6 MA
Characteristics: 97 pages ; 20 cm


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Sep 09, 2017

Sparse, thought-provoking and relatable; beautiful at times.

Aug 06, 2015

Not by any means a book for everyone, this brief volume is a highly personal exploration of many aspects of memory and how we discover the meaning of time. I found it hard to put down and kept coming back to it. For the right reader, a real gem.


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