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In DEMOSTHENES DAVVETAS' second book published in English, Architecture of Tears: Stories, Poems, Aphorisms (his first, In the Ashes of Representation, was also recently published by Edgewise Press), the author writes: "When I was a child there were lots of things I wanted to do but couldn't because circumstances stood in the way. Instead of accepting inaction patiently and resigning myself to this situation, I found a way to compensate: I used to imagine stories in which I succeeded in doing whatever it was I wanted to do but couldn't. Then I'd write these stories down in a notebook. In this way, writing gradually began to function for me as a mechanism for overturning reality. My representational archetypes started to break down, and I suddenly felt like a blind man who had only tears and pain left in him. But the liquid body of these tears brought forth the architecture of my new writing, which was at the same time the architecture of my new self. Through pain, I had discovered the path to self-knowledge." Through story-telling, epiphanic utterances, and philosophical rumination, that is, through a kind of ontological fiction, the author reaches for the truth of the Subject as it peers around the object of experience (and so-called objectivity) and challenges the dictates of reality. DEMOSTHENES DAVVETAS was born in Athens in 1955. From 1982 to 1988, he was an art critic for Libération. In 1999, he received his doctorate in arts and letters at the Sorbonne. He has written catalogue essays for many artists, including Gilbert and George, Georg Baselitz, Cy Twombly, and Joseph Beuys. Among his novels and books of poetry are La chanson de Pénélope (Galilee, 1989), Soleils immatériels (Galilee, 1989), Les manteaux de Laocoon (Galilee, 1991), L'incendie de l'oubli (Galilee, 1992), and Poèmes (Voir, 1995). He lives and works in Paris and Athens (Greece).
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Book Description Edgewise Press, Inc., 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1893207056