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Selfies (Paperback)

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Taking selfies is not the exclusive preserve of millennials. In Selfies, the niece of French philosopher Simone Weil, also daughter of one of the most brilliant mathematicians of the 20th c., gives a playful twist to the concept of self-representation: taking her cue from self-portraits by women artists, ranging from the 13th c. through the Renaissance to Frida Kahlo and Vivian Maier, Weil has written a memoir in pieces, that is yet unified. Each picture acts as a portal to a significant moment from Weil's own life (as schoolgirl, writer, daughter and mother) and sparks anecdotes tangentially touching on topical issues (from the Palestinian question to the pain of a mother witnessing her son's psychotic breakdown, to the subtle manifestations of anti-Semitism, to ageism, genetics, and a Jewish dog...). Switching from poignant to light-hearted, with Weil's trademark irony and self-deprecating humour, Selfies is a sophisticated, `delightful read', with heartwrenching tendencies. (Front cover photograph: VIVIAN MAIER, Self-portrait, New York, NY, 1955 copyright Estate of Vivian Maier, Courtesy Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York. End page photograph of the author by Marc Riboud, courtesy of Catherine Riboud, Paris.)

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryHistory of art / art & design stylesArt, Fashion & PhotographyPhotography & photographsIndividual photographersBiographyMemoirsLGBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesGender studies: womenPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: Les Fugitives Publication Date: 19/06/2019 ISBN-13: 9781999331825  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Sylvie Weil is the author of fiction and non-fiction works published in France and, in English translation, in the USA. The daughter of Andre Weil, one of the twentieth century's most brilliant mathematicians (and a founding member of Bourbaki) and the niece of Simone Weil, one of its most important philosophers, Sylvie was born in the United States but was raised in Paris. She now divides her time between Paris and New York City. After teaching French literature in several American universities she devoted herself to writing. Her critically acclaimed memoir 'Chez les Weil' was translated and published in several languages, in English by Northwestern University Press in 2010 (At Home with Andre and Simone'). She has published several collections of short stories and has contributed stories to literary magazines. Her fiction work for young adults has won the prestigious Prix Sorcieres in France.

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