Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write: An Autobiography Thro by Claire Messud


Bookseller review by Kath:

A gem of a book leading us into memory, family, language and literature and how Messud has reached her beliefs in the power of art and writing to provide us with an inner, essential life. Thought-provoking on language itself and on place and how we are all affected by the landscapes of our youth and what we inherit from our parents’ lives.  Meditations on great writers form the second part of the book:  each essay illuminates something exquisite and new about the writer and their books.  Messud offers us a chance to think deeply as we read her work; we emerge nourished and reminded of the power of the written word.

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Arranged in three parts, ‘Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write’ opens with Claire’s most personal essays – reflections on a childhood divided between cultures, and between dueling models of womanhood. It is here, in these early years, that we see the seeds of Messud’s inquiry into the precarious nature of girlhood, the role narrative plays in giving shape to a life and the power of language.

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