Published by Editions Stock in 1969, Paris. Condition: Old, Good. Traduction de Marie-Claire Van der Elst.
Probably the most famous volume of her incredible diaries, this book was adapted into the movie Henry and June and centres around her affair with the author Henry Miller and his wife at the time June. Anais Nin is a favourite of ours here at Sendb00ks and this is a perfect introduction to her work if you haven’t read anything by her before. Her writing has an electric energy that lacks self pity or narcissism and is occupied only with the discovery of her authentic self. She explores her relationships both successful and doomed, her tumultuous relationship with her father, and her traumatic experiences with pregnancy and miscarriage. Nin also famously detailed an abortion that she had in 1959, which would have been astounding to hear written about publicly given the era. All of this she does with her inimitable voice that blends eroticism with a frank candour that is totally arresting from the first line to the last. Her journals are vulnerably human and deeply feminine, exploring how “in every fulfilment there is a mockery which runs ahead of me like a gust of wind, always ahead.”