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The Descent of Alette

Authors: Notley, Alice
Series: Penguin Poets
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: POE005010, POE003000, LIT014000
ISBN: 9781440621437, Related ISBNs: 0140587640, 1440621438, 9780140587647, 9781440621437
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 160
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: In The Descent of Alette, Alice Notley presents a feminist epic, a bold journey into the deeper realms. Alette, the narrator, finds herself underground, deep beneath the city, where spirits and people ride endlessly on subways, not allowed to live in the world above. Traveling deeper and deeper, she is on a journey of continual transformation, encountering a series of figures and undergoing fragmentations and metamorphoses as she seeks to confront the Tyrant and heal the world. Using a new measure, with rhythmic units indicated by quotation marks, Notley has created a “spoken” text, a rich and mesmerizing work of imagination, mystery, and power.

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