Anaïs Nin: A Sea of Lies (Hardcover)

Anaïs Nin: A Sea of Lies By Léonie Bischoff, Jenna Allen (Translated by) Cover Image
By Léonie Bischoff, Jenna Allen (Translated by)
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In lithe, sensuous colored pencils, this international prize-winning, impressionistic graphic biography traces the life, the affairs, and the artistic process of Anais Nin, one of the best-known authors of women’s erotica in the 1920s and ‘30s.

Anais Nin, the author of works such as Delta of Venus and House of Incest, is the patron saint of taboo-breaking pop culture sexual iconoclasts. Not only is she an inspiration for contemporary figures such as Madonna, but her oeuvre, which encompasses erotica, autobiography, essays, short fiction, novels, and much more, has been adapted into film (Henry and June), television (Little Birds), and other media.

The cartoonist Léonie Bischoff traces the life of the prolific writer in this lushly colored graphic novel. It begins with Nin struggling to reconcile the man she married (who had artistic aspirations) with the banker she finds herself living with in the Parisian suburbs. Soon, her obsession with June Miller leads to inspiration. Nin's life and art, the truth and fiction, are further intertwined as she recounts her many sexual liaisons including those with Henry Miller (whom she and her husband subsidize so he can write the controversial Tropic of Cancer), her psychoanalysts, and even her father. Although Bischoff’s drawing is largely representational, she occasionally depicts Nin’s sexual experiences in scenes as surreal as Nin’s own written portrayal of them.

About the Author

Swiss cartoonist Léonie Bischoff received a diploma in comics from the Saint-Luc Institute in Brussels, where she still lives. Anais Nin: A Sea of Lies, her 2020 graphic biography, won the Audience Favorite prize at the Angouleme International Comics Festival. Other works include Hoodoo Darlin’, Princess Suplex, and more. She is a member of the Comics Creators Against Sexism Collective.

Jenna Allen is a freelance translator based in Colorado.

Praise For…

Bischoff’s combination of charcoal and rainbow color palettes echo Nin’s double life, while the immersive splash pages blend reality and fantasy. The stunning visuals elevate the titillating but respectful narrative. It’s a nuanced, gorgeously drawn portrait of a beautifully complicated figure.
— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

A striking portrait of this chameleon-like woman with light and elegant lines.
— Telerama

A seven-years-in-the-making, no-holds-barred story of Nin’s adventures and quest for personal freedom.
— Mediapart

Bischoff vividly dramatizes the psyche and the fantasies of Nin, rendering superb graphic metaphors in stunning colors.
— Les Inrocks

Distilling a calculated sensuality, Léonie Bischoff delivers a formative novel, at once joyful and disturbing.
— Livre Hebdo

Product Details
ISBN: 9781683967590
ISBN-10: 1683967593
Publisher: Fantagraphics
Publication Date: June 6th, 2023
Pages: 200
Language: English