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Devotion

The national bestseller from the renowned artist and author Patti Smith, exploring the nature of creative invention A work of creative brilliance may seem like magicits source a mystery, its impact unexpectedly stirring. How does an artist accomplish such an achievement, connecting deeply with an audience never met? In this groundbreaking book, one of our cultures beloved artists offers a detailed account of her own creative process, inspirations, and unexpected connections. Patti Smith first presents an original and beautifully crafted tale of obsessiona young skater who lives for her art, a possessive collector who ruthlessly seeks his prize, a relationship forged of need both craven and exalted. She then takes us on a second journey, exploring the sources of her story. We travel through the South of France to Camuss house, and visit the garden of the great publisher Gallimard where the ghosts of Mishima, Nabokov, and Genet mingle. Smith tracks down Simone Weils grave in a lonely ce...

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ISBN : 9780300218626
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 95 pages
Status : Available For Download
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Devotion Reviews

  • Zizeloni

    This book has three parts. It starts with another episode of "catching up with Patti": she is in Paris, reading, remembering, getting inspiration. I loved M train, but I have to admit that starting this book I wondered "is what I am doing now the same as watching a literature reality show?"

    However the second part of the book was fiction: a story about a young ice skater and a man watching her. Although it started with many descriptions, I ended up loving this story and imagining a movie version
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  • Chris

    While at the Harvard Book Store last week, I decided to console myself with the fact I couldn't make yet another trip in two weeks' time back to the city to see Patti Smith live, by purchasing her new book. I adore her, but in this case, I should have purchased a remainder hard cover copy of my beloved "M Train" instead of her newest. I was looking for this to be "M Train 2.0," but instead got an odd little 100-page book divided in three parts.

    Part I is her recounting a trip to France; Part II
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  • Sophie

    Why is one compelled to write? To set oneself apart, cocooned, rapt in solitude, despite the wants of others. Virginia Woolf had her room. Proust his shuttered windows. Marguerite Duras her muted house. Dylan Thomas his modest shed. All seeking an emptiness to imbue with words. The words that will penetrate virgin territory, crack unclaimed combinations, articulate the infinite. [...] There are stacks of notebooks that speak of years of aborted efforts, deflated euphoria, a relentless pacing of
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  • Gabriela Ventura

    Quem me conhece sabe que eu costumo chamar Patti Smith de Deus. O impacto da música e dos livros dessa mulher na minha vida é imenso, e eu tenho uma dívida séria de gratidão com ela.

    Quem me conhece também sabe que se é pra vestir o estereótipo, eu vou ficar em algum lugar entre o filho pródigo e o anjo caído, porque não sou dada às adorações cegas e a iconoclastia é um vício. Ri um pouco do título do livro, porque, afinal, é isso: a minha devoção nunca vai ser absoluta.

    Me sinto muito confortável
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  • Adriana Scarpin

    Como já ficara evidente nas demais prosas de Smith o que eu quero mesmo é que sejam publicados seus diários que não só nos informam de suas influências como contam com uma prosa poderosa. Neste livro especificamente ela já deixa claro como o processo do diário ajuda a entender sua ficção e poesia, a partir de pequenas coisas de seu dia-a-dia que estão explicitados no começo e fim do livro vemos como funciona o tipo de construção ficcional em relação à isso apresentada na pequena novela (ou conto ...more

  • Sarah

    A 95 page reminder that Patti Smith is an amazing artist and down right cool person.

  • Eibi82

    Tomo prestados estos párrafos de Patti porque no creo que haya palabras mejores para describir esta Devoción :

    Las palabras que tenía ante mí eran elegantes, despiadadas. Me vibraban las manos. Imbuida de confianza, sentí la urgencia de levantarme de un brinco, subir las escaleras, cerrar la pesada puerta que había sido de Camus (Patti), sentarme delante de mi propio taco de folios y empezar mi propio principio.

    ¿Cuál es la tarea? Componer una obra que comunique en distintos niveles, como en un
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  • Debashis

    Haunting..beautiful..