Anaïs Nin (February 21, 1903 Neuilly-sur-Seine, France) explored like no other writer sexual desire and female eroticism, which for her was one of the bases of knowledge of women, “as indispensable as poetry “. It pioneered the publication of pornographic stories and reflected his intense life and narrative talent mainly in his amorous day, his accomplices when sharing their adventures, sexual freedom and discovery as a woman. He wrote steadily for 11 years until his death, ie between 1914 and 1977.
His technique to tell their innermost emotions, often in “hot” after having them sense and the courage to share them with the public makes it an indispensable writer in the history of literature.
Although he did not feel linked to political activist feminism, yes influenced the movement to consider that self-knowledge of women and their manifestation in writing is one of the sources of personal liberation of women.
“Any way to find love and enjoy it”.
Nin was raised in one of the suburbs of Paris. His mother was Rosa Culmell Cuban opera singer Franco-Danish origin, and his father, the composer and Cuban pianist Joaquin Nin Catalan origin, who abandoned them when Anaïs was 11, age at which you begin typing. The relationship with his father, who left to marry a younger woman and money, was decisive for her. His first writings were letters in which he asked him to return home and, and at maturity, as reflected in ‘Incest’, is reunited with him to seduce him and then reject it as “punishment” for leaving her as a child.
His literary vocation was born from reading D. H. Lawrence, but his first jobs were as a model and dancer until she married in Havana in 1923 with Hugh Guiler and both moved to Paris. There he began to devote himself to his writing, he began his relationship (first correspondence) with writer Henry Miller and studied psychoanalysis, who practiced in New York after emigrating in 1939 with the outbreak of World War II.
The author of ‘Tropic of Capricorn’ is the most famous of his mistresses. They maintained correspondence before and after their relationship and shared together literary projects, such as writing pornographic stories for an anonymous buyer who paid them $ 1 in writing.
Rupert Pole, her second husband, was his companion last years of his life until his death in Los Angeles on January 14, 1977, for ovarian cancer, besides being in charge of the posthumous publication of his diaries inexpurgados.
The writer married him in 1955 but without divorcing Guiler, who knew his affairs and was a supporter of an open relationship. He led a life in parallel with both, between New York and California.
Anaïs Nin was one of the first women to sign their erotica and pornography perform from the perspective of a woman. He also created his own publishing house, which published his work in 1947 ‘In a glass bell. ”
In addition to its famous newspapers, whose original manuscripts consist of 35,000 pages, he has written several novels like ‘Winter of artifice’, ‘The house of incest’ or ‘Delta of Venus’, which became a pioneer in publishing erotic stories in the United States in 1939.
Thanks to his autobiographical writings ‘Incest’ (1932-1934) and ‘Fire’ (1934-1937), edited by Siruela in Spanish, we are become better acquainted with the author, whose life and literature remains a reference in subsequent and current authors, as Cuban Wendy Guerra.
He wrote two newspapers after his most famous work ‘Henry, his wife and I’, better known as ‘Henry and June’ (1931 to 1932), which chronicles his love triangle with Henry Miller and his wife June, who started in the safismo. It was filmed in 1990 by Philip Kaufman with Maria de Medeiros and Uma Thurman as protagonists, although the film is far from the literary quality of the work.
I have magnified Henry. I can make him a Dostoyevsky. I infuse strength. I am aware of my power, but my power is feminine, it requires combat but not overcome. My power is also the artist, so I do not need the work of Henry to magnificarme. No need to praise me and as I am an artist first of all, can I keep my -my of woman secondly. “(Excerpt from ‘Incest’)
As in this book, in its daily share their sexual and emotional intimacy without self-censorship and elegance that characterizes his style. They are two of its most transgressive stages in which continues its relationship with Miller and narrates the consequences of incest with her father, Joaquin Nin, when he was reunited with him after 20 years of estrangement.
Both ‘Incest’ and ‘Fire’ were republished in Spanish uncensored, as she had wanted, once dead and of those persons.
In ‘Fire’, the second part of the publication, the action takes place between Paris and New York and also discusses his relationship with the psychoanalyst Otto Rank, a disciple of Freud and the Spanish Civil War and intellectual encounters with other greats like the artist Constantin Brancusi, and writers Alejo Carpentier and Rafael Alberti.