NIGHT by Etel Adnan Reviewed in On The Sea Wall

NIGHT by Etel Adnan Reviewed in On The Sea Wall

Kimberly Grey reviews Night by Etel Adnan for On the Sea Wall

"In a landscape where genre is ever-bending, Etel Adnan brings us Night, a brief yet powerful melding of poetry, prose, and philosophy. The book is as enigmatic as night itself is, full of mystery and the unknowable, perpetually pining for and simultaneously withholding illumination. An undercurrent of uncertainty runs like a river through these pages where the physical movements of the world are paralleled with the movements of Adnan’s own brilliant mind. “Philosophy brings us back to simplicity,” she writes, as she attempts with great complexity to reconcile the irreconcilable: memory’s relationship to time:

Memory, and time, both immaterial, are rivers with no banks, and constantly merging. Both escape our will, though we depend on them. Measured, but measured by whom or by what? The one is inside, the other, outside, or so it seems, but is that true. Time seems also buried deep in us, but where? Memory is right here, in the head, but it can exit, abandon that head, leave it behind, disappear. Memory, a sanctuary of infinite patience."

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