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Cleopatra's Nose: 39 Varieties of Desire
 
 
Author
Judith Thurman.
Publisher FSG  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.3 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches
ISBN 9780374126513
Pages/Publication Date 427/2007
Daedalus Item Code 33134
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Gathering essays and profiles that span 20 years of her cultural criticism for The New Yorker, Judith Thurman displays her fascination with human vanity, femininity, and "women's work," be it haute couture, literature, or commanding an empire. The subjects are iconic (Jackie O, the Brontės, Toni Morrison, Anne Frank) and multifarious (tofu and performance art, pornography and platform shoes, kimonos and bulimia), yet all inspire Thurman's wit, insight, and intelligence.

"Taking their measure with droll insight and wry empathy, Thurman profiles Vanessa Beecroft, a performance artist who choreographs troupes of naked women; Diane Arbus; and Coco Chanel. But she is also dazzling in her inquisitive, witty, and companionable essays about Charlotte Brontė, Flaubert, Jacqueline Kennedy, Richard Avedon, Japanese culture, and, yes, Cleopatra. Because her erudite and earthy essays are often jump-started by an exhibition or the publication of a book, they have journalistic valence. But because Thurman's essays are so deeply felt and arc so elegantly from the uniqueness of each individual to the greater conundrums of humankind, they are, indeed, exquisite works of art deserving a book's more lasting embrace."—Booklist

 
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