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My Year 2002: Love, Death, and Transfiguration

Douglas Messerli

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Douglas Messerli
My Year 2002: Love, Death, and Transfiguration
Series No.: 257
ISBN: 978-1-55713-425-7, Pages: 496
American Literature, Memoir

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In his My Year series, Douglas Messerli employs his own personal encounters and memories as a ground to seek out and discuss important events and issues of the day. Although each volume ranges over a wide variety of events and experiences, there is an intuited continuity throughout that results in a fascinatingly coherent reading experience.

The 2002 volume is devoted to those largest of matters: life and death, with the possibility, of course, of the spiritual or at least intellectual exultation which we all seek between those swings that define a being. The death of Douglas Messerli's father was the central occurrence that brought these concerns forward, but there were numerous other events -- the deaths of filmmakers Billy Wilder and John Frankenheimer, whose celebrated films often explored just these issues, and of the poets John Wieners and Ece Ayhan, whose lyrics almost always explored love and death and sexual transformation; the re-publication, after many years of being out of print, of the great Norwegian novelist Aksel Sandemose's psychological exploration of love and death, The Werewolf; and the author's "rereading" of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, James Agee's A Death in the Family, and of one of the most well-known of films, The Third Man, a story almost entirely about a faked and a subsequently real death -- all of which contributed to the historian-memoirist's sense that 2002 was a year in which to attend to these subjects.

In a year devoted to living, loving, and dying, finally, it was perhaps inevitable that the author, himself, would be diagnosed with the disease (prostrate cancer) which killed his father.

In addition to his My Year books, Messerli is the author of the fiction Letters from Hanusse, collections of poetry First Words, After, Bow Down, Maxims from My Mother's Milk and Dark, plays (under the name Kier Peters) such as The Confirmation, Past Present Future Tense and A Dog Tries to Kiss the Sky, and criticism Reading Films. He is the editor of Green Integer, formerly Sun & Moon Press. In 2004 he was named Officier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.

Also by Douglas Messerli:
After [Sun & Moon], $9.95
Bow Down, $9.95
Dark, $9.95
Dinner on the Lawn [Sun & Moon], $14.95
First Words, $9.95
Maxims from My Mother's Milk / Hymns to Him: A Dialogue [Sun & Moon], Out of Stock
Maxims from My Mother's Milk / Hymns to Him: A Dialogue (hardcover) [Sun & Moon], $9.95
My Year 2000: Leaving Something Behind, $17.95
My Year 2001: Keeping History a Secret, $17.95
My Year 2003: Voice Without a Voice, $9.95
My Year 2004: Under Our Skin, $9.95
My Year 2005: Terrifying Times, $9.95
My Year 2006: Serving, $9.95
My Year 2007: To the Dogs, $9.95
My Year 2008: In the Gap, $9.95
My Year 2009: Facing the Heat, $9.95
My Year 2010: Shadows, $9.95
My Year 2011: No One's Home , $9.95
My Year 2012: Centers Collapse, $17.95
My Year 2013: Murderers and Angels, $17.95
On Marriage: The Imagination of Being, $9.95
Reading Films: My International Cinema, Digital Only
River to Rivet: A Manifesto [Sun & Moon], $14.95
Silence All Round Marked: An Historical Play in Hysteria Writ [Sun & Moon], $9.95
Some Distance, Out of Stock
Stay, $9.95
The Walls Come True: An Opera for Spoken Voices (The Structure of Destruction, Part II) [Sun & Moon], $14.95

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