Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Hardback Published on: 01/06/2017
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A truly original reading experience
Maggie Nelson writes about her obsession with the colour blue, whilst exploring the work of other artists and writers like Goethe, Joni Mitchell and Leonar... READ MORE
Jane at Llandudno
Innovative and original
Maggie Nelson is continually innovative and original, like no other writer working today. Bluets is a collection of meditations on the colour blue, looking... READ MORE
Molly at Chesham
A Poetic Smorgasbord Made of Snippets, Rags and Patches
A poetic smorgasbord of snippets and patches, what classicists would call gobbets, but that's an ugly word for what these are, although at times they deal ... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley


'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' 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. 'In her dark excavation of grief, she has collected messages of great wisdom and powerful beauty' - Guardian

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781911214526
  • Number of pages: 112
  • Weight: 210g
  • Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 16 mm

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