“When Chris Kraus, an unsuccessful artist pushing 40, spends an evening with a rogue academic named Dick, she falls madly and inexplicably in love, enlisting her husband in her haunted pursuit. Dick proposes a kind of game between them, but when he fails to answer their letters Chris continues alone, transforming an adolescent infatuation into a new form of philosophy.
Blurring the lines of fiction, essay and memoir, Chris Kraus’s novel was a literary sensation when it was first published in 1997. Widely considered to be the most important feminist novel of the past two decades, I Love Dick is still essential reading; as relevant, fierce and funny as ever.”
Why should you read this book?
Well, it is definitely the most important feminist novel of the past two decades. This should be enough to make you run to the nearest bookstore and get it. But if it’s not sufficient, just let me ramble on about this book. First of all, it’s one of the most intriguing texts I’ve ever read. It isn’t an easy read and, as you can read above, this book brings together fiction, essay and memoir. Kraus, who also is a Professor at the European Graduate School, alludes to several literary critics, forcing you to make your own research in order to understand the book.
But my, oh my. These are some of my favourite quotes: «If I can’t make you fall in love with me for who I am, maybe I can interest you with what I understand» and «Misery and self-loathing are the essence of rock n’ roll». You won’t find a love story. This is a book about a psycho-sexual obsession and the self-liberation of a woman immersed in a patriarchal society. It’s full of excess, fantasy and delirium and mirrors the need to be free, to be fully a woman. It is intense and unapologetic. Not only this novel destroys the traditional concept of a marriage as also narrates an unusual way of loving. Besides, this is one of those books that have a powerful final page which will feel like a punch. Who are we? How crazy are we? How madly in love can we be? Embrace yourselves: you’ll find answers to questions like these.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Published on: November 2015 (First edition: 1997)