By Helene Cixous
During this act of willful writing, by means of turns lyrical and severe, Helene Cixous brings Osip Mandelstam and Nelson Mandela jointly in the course of the universal first syllables in their names, the dates in their respective exiles, and the ladies, Nadezhda Mandelstam and Winnie-Zami Mandela, who divulge and repair their companions' lives via language. For Cixous, politics is approached such a lot brazenly and freely via poetry; social swap can't exist with no linguistic switch. Her poetic language moderates the historic, political, and private stories of Mandelstam and Mandela to supply a brand new experience of person tragedy and cultural chance. This fascinating and lovely publication is an act of emancipation because it releases its matters - besides its readers - from the constrained language of constraint and exile. lengthy unusual between artistic writers in France and as an highbrow within the usa, Helene Cixous is the writer of greater than thirty volumes, lots of that are now on hand in English-language translation. She has been hugely praised in France and in different places by means of such popular intellectuals as Jacques Derrida.