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Voluptuous Pleasure: The Truth about the Writing Life by Marianne Apostolides

Voluptuous Pleasure: The Truth about the Writing Life by Marianne Apostolides

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It is the misfortune (but also perhaps the voluptuous pleasure) of language not to be able to authenticate itself... language is, by nature, fictional.
– Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida

Voluptuous Pleasure: The Truth about the Writing Life is a collection of non-fiction whose title states that non-fiction does not exist. These stories, by acclaimed author Marianne Apostolides, are sensuous and smart, ambiguous but incisive in their truths. Voluptuous Pleasure will take you inside brothels and bedrooms, kitchens and consciousness; it will seduce you along the limits of non-fiction, making you question the veracity of anything you’ve ever read – or even experienced.

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Praise for Marianne Apostolides:

"Voluptuous Pleasure opens a window onto Marianne Apostolides’ house of unruly memories. These stories – memory-events that unfold through unflinching honesty – reveal that truth lies in the act of telling and – yes – the haunting pleasure of sharing it."
– Smaro Kamboureli, Canada Research Chair in Critical Studies in Canadian Literature, University of Guelph

In vivid language, Voluptuous Pleasure examines tensions between the exploration of personal memories and the construction of engaging narratives.
Quill & Quire

Apostolides is a kind of fan dancer among thematic imponderables: the realms of memory, longing, fear, loss, redemption and, of course, the two sullen enormities between which all literary tensions must eventually find both flight and denouement, injustice and survival.
The Globe & Mail

"Apostolides' impassioned little book cranes its pliant neck to peer directly up the birth canal into the briny recesses where stories and writing are conceived"
- Charles Wilkins, via The Globe and Mail

The Lucky Child is:

"exquisitely written.... a vibrant, multi-layered, image-rich book."
The Globe & Mail

"subtle in its execution, clear in its vision, with a narrative that is both incisive and heartfelt.... Its unanswered questions, both real and imagined, will haunt long after its final page is turned."
– Tess Fragoulis

Swim is:

"handled with assured grace and dynamic lucidity."
The Globe & Mail

"a brilliantly-structured stream-of-consciousness novel... Fans of lyric prose will savour this intelligent, finely-crafted text."
Canadian Literature

Marianne Apostolides is the author of four books, including Swim (2009) and The Lucky Child (2010), which was long-listed for a ReLit Award. Apostolides is a recipient of the 2011 Chalmers Arts Fellowship.

April 2012 | Non-fiction
5x7.5 inches | 180 pages
Trade Paper: 9781927040034

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