Author: Maggie Nelson
Rating: 4.24
Bestsellers Rate: 2063
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Book Format: Hardback
Binding: Твердый
Pages: 112
Hours of reading: 1.9 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 11,58 €

About the book

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 Bluets winds 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, Bluets has passed between lovers in the ecstasy of new love, and been pressed into the hands of the heartbroken. Visceral, learned, and acutely lucid, Bluets is a slim feat of literary innovation and grace, never before published in the UK.


A luminous meditation on the author’s love for a single colour that displaces itself onto the grief prompted by the end of a relationship and the serious injury of a friend.


Transcendent.... very inspiring. She's an amazing writer. -- Lorde * Irish Times * Maggie Nelson... She's so much better than anything I've read for a long, long time. -- Karl Ove Knausgaard The book that changed my life... it's just brilliant. -- Sophie Mackintosh * Guardian * I remember where I was when I read each of Maggie Nelson's books in the same way I remember a place where I heard important news. Her words come, as though from a great distance, and strike incredibly close. I did not actually read Bluets, I think - I just let it hit me. -- Anne Enright 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 [Nelson's] candour, also evident in The Argonauts, gives Bluets a turbo-charged vitality, precision and authenticity that frees her to reflect on the way female desire is too often sidelined or ignored.... In her dark excavation of grief, she has collected messages of great wisdom and powerful beauty. -- Gavin Francis * Guardian * A gorgeous, eddying read. -- Claire-Louise Bennett Nelson... looks sideways at her heartbreak, allowing for moments of piercing clarity as feelings come into focus. There is wisdom and beauty in this short work. -- Fiona Wilson * The Times * A luminous meditation on the author's love for a single colour that displaces itself onto the grief prompted by the end of a relationship and the serious injury of a friend. -- Jenny Hendrix * Times Literary Supplement * Arty, smart and gorgeous meditation on the color blue. * Time Out * Bluets is a slim but intense volume dedicated to the colour blue, and to feeling blue. Nelson takes a Wittgensteinian form and fills it with feeling. In 240 loosely linked fragments she moves between memoir and analysis, from spiritual inquiry to erotic obsession... Beautiful. -- Tom Graham * Financial Times * A real short-sharp punch in the heart. Truly sad and beautiful, it's a raw meditation on falling passionately in love with a colour. * Big Issue * What could be more invented than a life story that reads like a novel? Bluets doesn't invent that way: its inventions are wilder, wiser (and more true) than that... each proposition is breathtaking. * Brick * A syncopated arrangement of 240 prose poems collected across three years of slowly dwindling grief and heartbreak, it centres around the colour blue and how it helped to heal Nelson's pain. -- Isobel Thompson * A-List * This discussion of the colour blue is a gorgeous read, almost religious in the way it defaults to the beautiful and the sublime. -- Anne Enright * Guardian * When I want a sprawling, consuming book about love and loss, I turn to Maggie Nelson's Bluets. The compact hybrid book of literature, memoir, and poetry at only 99 pages in length lingers long after the cover is turned over. -- Sarah MacDonald * Vice * I can't stop thinking about [Bluets]. -- Darci Phenix Always beguiling, her writing is powerful, incisive and so singular that it defies categorization ... raw, honest and urgent... [Nelson] always prompt me to see some aspect of life very differently. -- Alice Rawsthorn * Observer * Last year, while recovering from a break up with a long-term partner, I carried the book with me everywhere... The way that she renders her experiences and thoughts in such vivid, aching and raw detail served as a shelter for me, and a way to articulate feelings I didn't yet have the distance or strength to put words to. -- Zaina Arafat * Good Housekeeping * Bluets is an expansive, intensely poetic text about Nelson's life-long infatuation with the colour blue... in Nelson's most visceral moments of divulgence, we see a testament to love in all its inexpressibility. -- Martha French * Varsity *

Maggie Nelson Biography

Maggie Nelson (born 1973) is an American writer. She has been described as a genre-busting writer defying classification, working in autobiography, art criticism, theory, feminism, queerness, sexual violence, the history of the avant-garde, aesthetic theory, philosophy, scholarship, and poetry. Nelson has been the recipient of a 2016 MacArthur Fellowship, a 2012 Creative Capital Literature Fellowship, a 2011 NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction. Other honors include the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism and a 2007 Andy Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant.

Life and career

Nelson was born in 1973, the second daughter of Bruce and Barbara Nelson. She grew up in Marin County, California. Her parents divorced when she was eight after her mother fell in love with their house painter. In 1984, Nelson's father died of a heart attack.She moved to Connecticut in 1990 to study English at Wesleyan University where she was taught by Annie Dillard. After college, she lived in New York City where she trained as a dancer, worked at the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, and studied informally with writer Eileen Myles. In 1998, she enrolled in a graduate program, obtaining a Ph.D. in English literature in 2004 at the CUNY Graduate Center. At CUNY, Nelson studied with Wayne Koestenbaum and Eve Sedgewick, among others. She left New York in 2005 to take up a teaching job at the California Institute of the Arts.Nelson is the author of several books of nonfiction and poetry. She also writes frequently on art, including essays on artists Sarah Lucas, Matthew Barney, Carolee Schneemann, A. L. Steiner, Kara Walker, and Rachel Harrison.Nelson has taught about writing, critical theory, art, aesthetics, and literature, at the graduate writing program of the New School, Wesleyan University, Pratt Institute of Arts, and CalArts. As of 2021, she was a professor of English at the University of Southern California.Nelson is married to the artist Harry Dodge, who is fluidly gendered. They live with their family in Los Angeles.


The Argonauts (2015) won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism and was a New York Times best-seller. It is a work of "autotheory", offering thinking about desire, identity, family-making, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. In the memoir, Nelson documents the changes in her body throughout pregnancy with her son, Iggy, and that of Harry Dodge's body, as he takes testosterone and undergoes chest reconstruction ('top surgery'). Nelson has described it as reflecting 20 years of living with and learning from feminist and queer theory. The Art of Cruelty (2011), a work of cultural, art, and literary criticism, was featured on the front cover of the Sunday Book Review of the New York Times and was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. The book covers a wide range of topics, from Sylvia Plath's poetry to Francis B ... Read full biography

Authors: Maggie Nelson
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Languages: | English |
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ISBN13: 9781911214526
ISBN10: 1911214527
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Book Format: Hardback
Book Binding: Твердый
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Pages: 112
Book Weight: 210
Book Dimensions: 138x204x16
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Publication date: June 1, 2017
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Publication City/Country: London, United Kingdom

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