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Now, Now, Louison


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Tate Modern September Book of the Month. Publication launch with a ticketed event at Tate Modern Bookshop on 4 Oct. 2018, with the author and the translator in conversation with Michele Roberts. An ideal short text to introduce readers to one of the greatest artists of our time and reveal her to those who know her work already. A deeply feminist book by a seventy-two-year-old male author. COLE SWENSEN is an American poet, translator, editor, and professor at Brown University, Rhode Island. Swensen was awarded a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship and is the author of more than ten poetry collections and as many translations of works from the French. Her ninth collection of poetry, 'Goest' (Alice James Books, 2004) was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her translation of Jean Fremon's 'The Island of the Dead' won the 2004 PEN USA Literary Award for Translation. Longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses 2019 Listed in The Financial Times' Best Books of 2018: Fiction in translation Listed by Michele Roberts in The Tablet's Best Books of 2018 One of the 5 fiction finalists of the French-American Foundation Translation Awards. Finalist for the 2019 Big Other Book Award for Translation

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Now, Now, Louison, page 1. Jean Fremon, select bibliography, page 113

About the Author

JEAN FREMON is a French author born in 1946. The director of a contemporary art gallery by day and a writer by night, he founded the Galerie Lelong in Paris (formerly known as Galerie Maeght), then New York. Some of the artists with whom he has worked the most closely include Antoni Tapies, Donald Judd, Jannis Kounellis, Sean Scully, David Hockney and Louise Bourgeois. In 1985 Fremon commissioned Bourgeois' first European exhibition. Thirty years later, he organised her last exhibition, which she curated, at the Maison de Balzac in Paris. Since 1969 he has had over twenty works published, including novels and poems (some translated by Lydia Davis), as well as essays on art, some of which have been translated into Spanish, German and Norwegian. In English, eight of his books have been published in America by independent presses, receiving praise from John Ashbery and Rosemarie Waldrop. This is his first book published in the UK.


'A truly wonderful book... The spider woman, the intellectuel, the rebel, the sly enchantress, and the good girl sing together in this exuberant, lithe text, beautifully translated by Cole Swensen.' - SIRI HUSTVEDT. `Now, Now Louison draws the reader in with all of the monstrous elegance of a spider, capturing us in the fine web of the creative process, and revealing, with biting wit and lyrical style, the ego, and sacrifices it takes to make monumental work.' - PRETI TANEJA, laureate of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2018 for 'We That Are Young'. `Jean Fremon is a wholly singular artist, a writer who lives in the radiant zone where poetry, philosophy and storytelling meet.' - PAUL AUSTER. 'Like all the most urgent poetry, it is "fragile and momentary, but momentarily invincible."' JOHN ASHBERY. 'As much a portrait of Bourgeois as it is of one who has outlasted another and is trying, in full knowledge of an impending failure, to reassemble a figure from the fragments. Perhaps life, this life, any life, is best preserved in its many bits, just as it was lived.' - FRIEZE. `Metamorphosing like Arachne, Bourgeois's imagined voice recounts how she wove the detritus of her memory (...) into an art of resistence (...) Now, Now, Louison (a reference to her childhood nickname) is a sensitive portrait of a woman whose struggle for self-definition came to drive her artistic practice.' Financial Times 'The life of Louise Bourgeois is rendered in ellipsis, quick brush strokes, and a mix of associations of ideas and of sensations waltzing with chronology. An original, sensitive text.' - ArtPress.

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