Mythic Giacometti

James Lord

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The Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti (1901-66) was arguably the greatest sculptor of the twentieth century. He was also--as James Lord persuasively argued in Giacometti: A Biography--a heroic figure whose vocation sustained him through a life of crippling anxiety and erotic guilt.

Almost twenty years after it first appeared, Giacometti has attained the status of a classic, one of the most candid and complete biographies of an artist in our time. In Mythic Giacometti, Lord reveals the hidden "blueprint" of that work: a daringly literal, visionary interpretation of the myth of Oedipus as it affected the conduct and outcome of Giacometti's life. The result is a case study both in the development of an artist and in the writing of biography. Lord concentrates on the private totems of Giacometti's life-family legend, childhood memory,
illness and injury, crucial sexual encounters, intimations of mortality-that amounted, in Lord's view, to signs of a tragic destiny directly linked to the central tragedy of Western literature.

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1Long before the ominous dawn of history, men were already creating myths in the hope of finding out who they were, where they had come from, and what fate awaited them in the inscrutable hereafter. What they sought many millennia ago, when time itself was measured by fire or ice, was little different from what we are looking for today: an explanation of the inexplicable. Mythic insight is concerned to elucidate the meaning of life. In order to do this one must follow the presumption of such meaning to its origin, to the idea of creation, of a Creator Himself, or Itself.

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Praise for Giacometti: A Biography:

"Giacometti owes his life in words to the most conscientious kind of American seeker a European visionary could hope to stumble on." --Seymour Krim, The Washington Post Book World

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James Lord

James Lord's books include A Giacometti Portrait, first published in 1965, and Giacometti: A Biography (FSG, 1985), which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His most recent work is Plausible Portraits of James Lord (FSG, 2003)

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Mythic Giacometti
James Lord

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
June 2004
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ISBN: 9781466815117
ISBN10: 1466815116
144 pages, 1 Black-and-White Frontispiece; Index
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
June 2004
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ISBN: 9780374218805
ISBN10: 0374218803
5 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches, 144 pages, 1 Black-and-White Frontispiece; Index
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