The Journal of Marie Bashkirtseff: I Am The Most Interesting Book of All, Volume I & Lust For Glory, Volume II
In 1873 a beautiful 14-year-old girl of Russian nobility—transplanted to a sun swept villa in Nice on the Mediterranean—begins inscribing the events of her seaside days in a little diary. Eleven years later, she dies in Paris of consumption, having written thousands upon thousands of pages, weaving a vast, multifaceted portrait of her life in the radiant Belle Époque world in which she lived. In early fin de siècle Paris, Marie Bashkirtseff became a cause célèbre in artistic and feminist circles, and one of the most talked-about women in Paris. She lived life as if possessed by a presentiment of early death, imparting to the world—during her swift and vivid passage through time—a legacy of startling beauty, extraordinary art and, perhaps most everlastingly, her magnificent journals: as monumental as Virginia Woolf’s, as keenly observant as Thomas Mann’s, as intimate as Anaïs Nin’s. Perhaps in keeping with her censorious era, the journals, edited by her mother and published posthumously in 1887, were rampantly expurgated and cleansed. Katherine Kernberger has returned to the original text—Marie’s notebooks held in la Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Her meticulous, decades-long research into Marie’s life has resurrected the true, multifaceted literary self-portrait that Marie Bashkirtseff endeavored to reveal. Kernberger enables Marie to speak as she lived—scrupulously ambitious, seductively funny (often times scandalously so), warmly personal, and always thoroughly mesmerizing.
French and Francophone Literature
Bashkirtseff, Marie, 1860-1884—Diaries; Russians--France--History--19th century
Kernberger, Katherine; Bashkirtseff, Marie; and Nicolosi, Vincent, "The Journal of Marie Bashkirtseff: I Am The Most Interesting Book of All, Volume I & Lust For Glory, Volume II" (2013). Linfield Authors Book Gallery. 42.