Notes Made While Falling (Hardback)
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Notes Made While Falling (Hardback)

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Hardback 200 Pages
Published: 10/09/2019

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Dazzlingly intelligent and culturally profound, Notes Made While Falling is an utterly unique melding of literary criticism, intimate memoir and spiritual manifesto. Lashing medical trauma to the icons of fiction and the creative process of writing, Ashworth discovers a spiritual sense of redemption in this breath-taking treatise.

Notes Made While Falling is both a genre-bending memoir and a cultural study of traumatized and sickened selves in fiction and film. It offers a fresh, visceral, and idiosyncratic perspective on creativity, spirituality, illness, and the limits of fiction itself. At its heart is a story of a disastrously traumatic childbirth, its long aftermath, and the out-of-time roots of both trauma and creativity in an extraordinary childhood.

Moving from fairgrounds to Agatha Christie, from literary festivals to neuroscience and the Bible, from Chernobyl to King Lear, Ashworth takes us on a fantastic journey through familiar landscapes transformed through unexpected encounters and comic combinations. The everyday provides the ground for the macabre and the absurd, as the narration twists and stretches time. Hovering on the edge of madness, writing, it seems, might keep us sane—or might just allow us to keep on living.

In Notes Made While Falling, Ashworth calls for a redefinition of the creative work of thinking, writing, teaching, and being, and she underlines the necessity of a fearlessly compassionate and empathic attention to vulnerability and fragility

Publisher: Goldsmiths, Unversity of London
ISBN: 9781912685196
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 292 g
Dimensions: 208 x 130 x 21 mm

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