Devotion

Devotion

Book - 2017
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"In lyric essays, a story, poems, and photographs, Smith illuminates the whirl of chance and choice that stokes a writer's imagination, recounting her fascination on the eve of a trip to Paris with Simone Weil and an evocative, accidentally discovered film about Stalin's mass deportation of Estonians. In France, a gravestone, a televised figure-skating competition, a meal, and a garden all converge in what becomes Devotion, [a] ... fairy tale about a young, displaced Estonian skater and a solitary dealer in rare objects and arms. This ... fable about creativity and obsession, possession and freedom is followed by a meditation on how a work of art is, for other artists, a call to action"--Booklist, 08/01/2017
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2017]
ISBN: 9780300218626
9780300240221
Branch Call Number: 801 Smit
Characteristics: 93 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm

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poetdeluxe
Jun 03, 2018

Smith's musings were interesting and the short story exquisitely written.

Still prefer "Just Kids" and "M Train".

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okbookgirl
May 21, 2018

I liked the short story about obsession that is the heart of this book, then went back and re-read the other companion pieces (& both liked and understood them better on the second reading). Recommend to "adventuresome" readers, & all Patti Smith fans (of course!)

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compufobe
Apr 19, 2018

It took me 2 readings to figure out what was going on with this book. Had to remember and remind myself that Smith is a poet primarily...

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mclarjh
Apr 17, 2018

Silly throw-away story book ended by some journal entries.

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