The Self Unstable

by Elisa Gabbert

Elisa Gabbert’s The Self Unstable combines elements of memoir, philosophy, and aphorism to explore and trouble our ideas of the self, memory, happiness, aesthetics, love, andsex.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 96 pages
  • Average Rating: 4.18 out of 5
  • Published November 12th 2013 by Black Ocean
  • Original Title: The Self Unstable
  • ISBN: 098447529X (ISBN13: 9780984475292)
  • Edition Language: English
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Elisa Gabbert’s The Self Unstable combines elements of memoir, philosophy, and aphorism to explore and trouble our ideas of the self, memory, happiness, aesthetics, love, and sex. With a sense of humor and an ability to find glimmers of the absurd in the profound, she uses the lyric essay like a koan to provoke the reader’s reflection—unsettling the role of truth and interrogating the “I” in both literary and daily life: “The future isn’t anywhere, so we can never get there. We can only disappear.” (from the publisher’s website)