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Ongoingness

Ongoingness

: The end of a diary

by Sarah Manguso
4th April, 2019

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In Ongoingness, Sarah Manguso continues to define the contours of the contemporary essay. In it, she confronts a meticulous diary that she has kept for twenty-five years. 'I wanted to end each day with a record of everything that had ever happened,' she explains. But this simple statement belies a terror that she might forget something, that she might miss something important. Maintaining that diary, now eight hundred thousand words, had become, until recently, a kind of spiritual practice.

Then Manguso became pregnant and had a child, and these two Copernican events generated an amnesia that put her into a different relationship with the need to document herself amid ongoing time.

Ongoingness is a spare, meditative work that stands in stark contrast to the volubility of the diary - it is a haunting account of mortality and impermanence, of how we struggle to find clarity in the chaos of time that rushes around and over and through us.

Details & Specs

Author: Sarah Manguso


Publisher: Picador


Format: Paperback


ISBN: 9781509883318


Publication Date: 4th April, 2019


Pages: 96


Dimensions: 178 x 111 x 8 mm


Availability: Title cancelled


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