Bluets

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Publisher's Synopsis

**AS SEEN ON BBC2's BETWEEN THE COVERS**

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.

Book information

ISBN: 9781911214526
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Imprint: Jonathan Cape
Pub date:
DEWEY: 818.609
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 1055
Number of pages: 98
Weight: 240g
Height: 205mm
Width: 138mm
Spine width: 18mm