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The Middle Notebookes

2015 • 270 pp. 5 1/2 x 8"
Literary Collections

$18.95 Paperback, 978-1-937658-38-0

Nathanaël’s philosophical notebooks propose a poetics of intimate engagement with mortality

The Middle Notebookes began in French, as three carnets, written in keeping with three stages of an illness: an onset and remission, a recurrence and further recurrence, a death and the after of that death. But the narrative only became evident subsequently; the malady identified by these texts was foremost a literary one, fastened to a body whose concealment had become, not only untenable, but perhaps, in a sense, murderous. It is possible, then, that more than anything, these Notebookes attest both to the commitment, and the eventual, though unlikely, prevention of, a murder.


Winner of the Triangle Award, Trans/Gender-Variant Literature

NATHANAËL is the author of a score of books written in English or in French, including Sisyphus, Outdone., Theatres of the Catastrophal, and Absence Where As (Claude Cahun and the Unopened Book). Nathanaël has translated books by Édouard Glissant, Danielle Collobert, Catherine Mavrikakis, Hilda Hilst (in collaboration with Rachel Gontijo Araujo) and Hervé Guibert into English. Nathanaël lives in Chicago.

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