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Reading Luca, Reading Me Allan Graubard

Gertrude Abercrombie, Grey House (ca. 1945)

In May 2012, Julian Semilian, who translated Luca’s Inventor of Love with his wife Laura, called me up to ask if I might substitute for the two of them at a reading to celebrate the publication of Luca’s third book, newly translated into English, Self-Shadowing Prey. Knowing Luca’s work as I did, its magnetism, and the risks he endured when writing it — risks not unknown to us but certainly, as he dealt with them, uniquely his own — I agreed. I also knew that I would choose texts from Inventor of Love, not the new edition, because in some sense that early book of Luca’s seemed to ground all else that was to come. In retrospect this may be true more in a conceptual than linguistic sense

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Gherasim Luca Centenary Issue  

Essays and reflections in English and French on Romanian surrealist Gherasim Luca, including Luca's own texts and art. Also featuring rumi...

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