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Book Title: The Shaking Woman, Or, a History of My Nerves|
The author of the book: Siri Hustvedt
Date of issue: February 1st 2011
ISBN 13: 9780340998779
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 981 KB
Read full description of the books The Shaking Woman, Or, a History of My Nerves:This book is the result of a talk Hustvedt was asked to give as part of a series on Narrative Medicine. It's not a memoir, though its touchpoint is a personal experience of the author, but reads as an extended essay. As with the best of essays, its interest originates from the particular of the personal, then opens up into the general, the universal. Its focus is on the mind-brain conundrum, reaching back into its history and changing cultural meanings, as far back as Wittgenstein and even further back for examples, then leads back to a present that doesn't seem all that different as to how much is known. Fittingly for a novelist, her sympathies are with the individual and individual stories.
Fifteen years ago, I, like many others, experienced lower back pain. The pain shot down into my leg and kept me awake at night. After trying 'everything', I read Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection and recognized that my stress had gone to my back: the pain disappeared. Some time later, I started having headaches that I thought were migraines and they were treated as such, though 'nothing' seemed to work on them. During internet research, I read a description of tension headaches and realized those were what I was experiencing, not migraines: I haven't had one since. Labels-- diagnoses -- are powerful.
Because her approach is interdisciplinary, this is not the only topic she touches. She speaks of memory, dreams, imagination, synesthesia, hallucinations, subjectivity and the nature of the self. This might seem too much for such a short book, but each subject flows naturally into the next.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I must go do my yoga stretches and weights for my neck pain, which at least has a story behind it ...
Read information about the authorHustvedt was born in Northfield, Minnesota. Her father Lloyd Hustvedt was a professor of Scandinavian literature, and her mother Ester Vegan emigrated from Norway at the age of thirty. She holds a B.A. in history from St. Olaf College and a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University; her thesis on Charles Dickens was entitled Figures of Dust: A Reading of Our Mutual Friend.
Hustvedt has mainly made her name as a novelist, but she has also produced a book of poetry, and has had short stories and essays on various subjects published in (among others) The Art of the Essay, 1999, The Best American Short Stories 1990 and 1991, The Paris Review, Yale Review, and Modern Painters.
Like her husband Paul Auster, Hustvedt employs a use of repetitive themes or symbols throughout her work. Most notably the use of certain types of voyeurism, often linking objects of the dead to characters who are relative strangers to the deceased characters (most notable in various facits in her novels The Blindfold and The Enchantment of Lily Dahl) and the exploration of identity. She has also written essays on art history and theory (see "Essay collections") and painting and painters often appear in her fiction, most notably, perhaps, in her novel, What I Loved.
She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, writer Paul Auster, and their daughter, singer and actress Sophie Auster.
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