By Helene Cixous
Long island is the story of a tender French student who travels to the us in 1965 on a Fulbright Fellowship to refer to the manuscripts of cherished authors. In Yale University's Beinecke Library, tantalized via the conversational and epistolary brilliance of a fellow researcher, she is lured right into a picaresque and tragic event. in the meantime, again in France, her kids and no-nonsense mom watch for her go back. a tender eu intellectual's first touch with the United States and town of latest York are the history of this tale. The event of long island haunts this labyrinth of a publication as, over a interval of thirty-five years, its narrator visits and revisits valuable Park and a half-buried squirrel, the Statue of Liberty and a by no means back to be chanced on resort within the neighborhood of Morningside Heights: a trip into reminiscence within which every little thing is rarely the same.Traveling from library to library, France to the us, Shakespeare to Kafka to Joyce, ny deploys with gusto the entire suggestions for which Cixous's fiction and essays are identified: swift juxtapositions of time and position, narrative and outline, research and philosophical mirrored image. It investigates topics Cixous has spent her existence probing: examining, writing, and the omnipotence-otherseductions of literature; a family's flight from NaziGermany and postcolonial Algeria; early life, motherhood, and, no longer least, the unusual event of falling in love with, as Jacques Derrida writes, a counterfeit genius.