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My Mother Laughs by Chantal Akerman, Corina Copp

My Mother Laughs

Chantal Akerman, Corina Copp

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Imprint: Song Cave
Publisher: Song Cave
Publication date: 18 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9780998829081

A moving and unforgettable memoir, the book delves deeply into one of the central themes and focuses of Akerman’s often autobiographical films.

3 stars out of 5
2 Nov 2019

"it is a work of art as carefully crafted as one of Akerman’s films"

The book reads like a “sneeze”, says Eileen Myles, who provides a preface to the Silver edition. I would say that it’s more like a sneeze that never arrives, the sort that lingers, unbearably feathering your sinuses, until it clears. Akerman says she experiences the same kind of frustration in writing; it is never the catharsis she wants it to be; she is never happy with the results. “I read through everything I wrote and I feel very disappointed. But what can I do. I wrote it. It’s there.”