Constructing a Nervous System: A Memoir (Hardback)
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Constructing a Nervous System: A Memoir (Hardback)

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Hardback 208 Pages
Published: 05/05/2022
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The author of the seminal Negroland delivers a breathtaking account of self-construction that encompasses jazz icons, the works of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Willa Cather, the fetishisation of the Black female body and much more.

Winner of the Rathbones Folio Prize for Non-Fiction 2023

Taking in the jazz and blues icons whom Jefferson idolised as a child in the 1950s, ideas of what the female body could be - as incarnated by trailblazing Black dancers and athletes - Harriet Beecher Stowe's Topsy reimagined in the artworks of Kara Walker, white supremacy in the novels of Willa Cather, and more, this breathtakingly eloquent account is both a critique and a vindication of the constructed self.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781783785544
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 315 g
Dimensions: 224 x 143 x 20 mm


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Electric [Jefferson] takes vital risks, tosses away rungs of the ladder as it climbs, and offers an indispensable, rollicking account of the enchantments, pleasures, costs, and complexities of "imagin[ing] and interpret[ing] what had not imagined you - Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts

Margo Jefferson has created a startling and digressive form of auto-analysis... an intimate view of the aesthetic and political landscape of American culture and the secrets, longing, withholding and disavowal necessary to imagine oneself inside it and ward off its damage - Saidiya Hartman, author of Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments

She knows everything and has felt it all deeply. If you want to know who we are and where we've been, read Margo Jefferson - Edmund White, author of A Previous Life

Margo Jefferson is one of our most nuanced thinkers on the intersections of race, class, and feminism. Her latest Constructing a Nervous System is especially alive is both spiky and supple; jagged - Cathy Park Hong, New York Times bestselling author of Minor Feelings

This is one of the most imaginative-and therefore moving-memoirs I have ever read - Vivian Gornick, author of Fierce Attachments

Jefferson is as precise and sensitive as ever, nonpareil in her scope and ability to synthesize the circus of traditions, arcs, and performances that make up a life - Most Anticipated Books of 2022, Vulture

This is a moving portrait of the life of a brilliant African American woman's mind. Margo Jefferson is so real, her sensibility so literary, her learning such a joy. The gifts of reading her are many - Darryl Pickney, author of Sold and Gone

A tour-de-force of personal narrative - Keziah Weir, Vanity Fair

Margo Jefferson is the rare memoirist who is always daring the reader to keep up... It is impossible not to be stirred by her odes to fellow black American strivers of excellence - Observer

Constructing a Nervous System compresses memoir and cultural criticism into one slim, explosive volume, and in doing so the Pulitzer Prize-winning author makes both forms new. Hers is a wry, intimate portrayal of a passionate and intellectual woman coming to maturity... Jefferson has that rare ability to make her reader see things anew. - Margie Orford, Spectator

Part autobiography, part cultural criticism, [Margo Jefferson] reminds us that the rules for how we structure memory, and how we tell our stories, are not immutable. - Enuma Okoro, Financial Times

Lithe and always surprising... [Jefferson] paints a remarkable portrait of herself as a singular kind of performer - New Statesman

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