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To Throw Away Unopened - Viv Albertine

To Throw Away Unopened - Viv Albertine

Title: To Throw Away Unopened

Author:  Viv Albertine

ISBN:  9780571326211

Weight:  693g

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To Throw Away Unopened by Viv Albertine

What was I fighting for?  Even now I’m not sure.  Something so old and so deep, it has no words, no shape, no logic.

Every memoir is a battle between reality and invention – but in her follow up to Clothes, Music, Boys, Viv Albertine has reinvented the genre with her unflinching honesty.

To Throw Away Unopened is a fearless dissection of one woman’s obsession with the truth – the truth about family, power, and her identity as a rebel and outsider.  It is a gaping wound of a book, both an exercise in blood-letting and psychological archaeology, excavating what lies beneath: the fear, the loneliness, the anger.  It is a brutal expose of human dysfunctionality, the impossibility of true intimacy, and the damage wrought upon us by secrets and revelations, siblings and parents.

Yet it is also a testament to how we can rebuild ourselves and come to face the world again.  It is a portrait of the love stories that constitute a life, often bringing as much pain as joy.  With the inimitable blend of humour, vulnerability, and intelligence that makes Viv Albertine one of our finest authors working today, To Throw Away Unopened smashes through layers of propriety and leads us into a new place of savage self-discovery.

Peer & Press Reviews

Viv Albertine captures the texture, habits, and tics of working class life in long-ago mid-century London.  But, pivoting on a duet of startling end-of-life revelations, To Throw Away Unopened also shows us the power and possibility of change.  In any medium, Viv Albertine is a visionary cultural force.

Chris Kraus, author of After Kathy Acker: A Biography

Furious and funny.  The honesty of it makes you gasp.

Uncut Magazine

A poignant and funny memoir…  She gives a sensitive glimpse into the inner life of a nonconformist who has overcome an impoverished, dysfunctional upbringing and found some sort of place in the world…  Albertine’s dark humour and sharp prose lift her into another league.

Clive Davis, Times

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: To Throw Away Unopened
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Edition features: A number of monochrome photographs add visual impact to the book’s text.
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9780571326211
ISBN 10: 0571326218
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 286
Size (h x w x d): 217 x 154 x 28mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph: Carolina Ambida
Design: Faber

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