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Anaïs Nin: The Last Days PDF, ePub eBook “I have chosen to reveal the intimacies of Anaïs Nin’s last days as I witnessed them so that the story of her death is not lost. Everything comes back in the mind’s eye. Everything comes back in the crucible of the heart. She remains in my psyche all these years later as the most refined and rarified human being I have ever encountered.” With her sometimes loving and somet “I have chosen to reveal the intimacies of Anaïs Nin’s last days as I witnessed them so that the story of her death is not lost. Everything comes back in the mind’s eye. Everything comes back in the crucible of the heart. She remains in my psyche all these years later as the most refined and rarified human being I have ever encountered.” With her sometimes loving and sometimes raw prose, Kraft has captured the humanity, mortality, and essence of one of the twentieth century’s most celebrated and yet mysterious literary figures. Anaïs Nin, noted for her diaries and erotica, was at the height of her fame when she took on Barbara Kraft as a writing student. Quickly, the two became intimate friends at the moment when both would encounter tragedy: Nin’s terminal cancer and Kraft’s impending difficult divorce. The circumstances created an environment of interdependency: Nin, despite her failing health, supported Kraft’s writing and life decisions, and Kraft became a devoted and untiring part of Nin’s support system during her last two years of life. As Noel Riley Fitch, author of Anaïs: The Erotic Life of Anaïs Nin, writes of Kraft’s book: “An intimate and beautiful portrayal of the final years and painful death of Anaïs Nin … This compelling memoir is honest, critical, and full of perceptive insights into the relationships between Nin and her men. "Of all the young women I've worked with you are the one most like me," Nin told Kraft as she lay dying.” Kraft describes her initial meeting with Nin in February 1974, writing that Nin was poetry embodied and seemed to ‘glide’ over the rose-colored carpet of her Silver Lake home ‘like a swan skimming the surface of still waters.’ And in December of that year she begins what was to become a chronicle of Nin’s terrible two-year battle with cancer. “I can’t tell the world about my illness, Barbara, but you can, and I want the world to know. I want you to write about this.” Because of the overwhelming reality of cancer, Anaïs Nin was stripped down to her bare essence, which Kraft captures expertly. She poignantly records not only Nin’s stubborn grip on life, but also the heroic efforts that Rupert Pole, Nin’s West Coast lover, made to shield her from the inevitable pain, agony, and humiliation associated with the disease. It is a monumental tribute to not only those fighting for their lives, but also the forgotten ones—the caregivers. As Kraft writes a few days before she died, Anaïs whispered her final dream into my ear... “I dreamed that I had all my dresses and capes laid out on the floor and that we were going to have them copied exactly for you so that when I am well we can go out together as twins.... But someone told me that was foolish because I could not get up and go out and that we could not be twins together.” The very personal events in this book will resonate with anyone who has gone through terminal disease or knows someone who has. So, like Nin herself, the raw reality of Anaïs Nin: The Last Days becomes symbolic, mythical, and universally inspirational.

30 review for Anaïs Nin: The Last Days

  1. 5 out of 5

    Laura Ponticello

    A captivating story of friendship between author and a renowned woman, Anais Nin - known for her eloquent writings, fascinating tales, and desire to live life to the fullest. As I opened the book, I found descriptive narratives about Anais Nin, and like a cup of tea that takes time to brew, eloquent memories that transpire over time. An inspiring memoir and excellent for book clubs.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lara Groda

    This book describes Anais, her final days, you can feel Barbara truly knew her well and through her words Nin came back to life. 5 stars without any doubt.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    A moving, sympathetic account of the final years of author and diarist Nin. Readers learn much about Nin's real life in contrast with the edited, polished world she created in her writing. Nin suffers greatly from her cancer, yet fights against her inevitable death. Kraft has given a balanced and personal account of her friendship with Nin.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Literate Libran

    A very concise, elucidating account of Anais' last days that answers many of the questions that her diaries and other biographies leave unanswered.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    An intimate portrait of the last two years of Nin's life.

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