No. 5, Now, Now, Louison


No. 5, Now, Now, Louison


Translated by Cole Swensen

First English edition published 24 September 2018

Progressing by image and word associations, Frémon evokes Bourgeois's history and inner life, bringing a sense of fascinating and moving proximity to the internationally renowned artist... The art world’s grande dame and its shameless old lady, who spun personal history into works of profound strangeness, speaks out with her characteristic insolence and wit, and comes to vibrant life again through the words of a most discrete, masterful writer. From her childhood in France to her exile and life in America, to her death; her relationships to her family and her young assistant, her views on landmark male artists, the genesis of her own work... through the moods, barbs, resentments, reservations and back, at full speed – this is a phosphorescent account of Bourgeois’s life, as could only be captured by the imagination of one artist regarding another.

‘A perfectly pitched medley of fact and fiction’ – Times Literary Supplement
‘A sensitive portrait of a woman whose struggle for self-definition came to drive her artistic practice.’ – Financial Times
‘Perhaps life, this life, any life, is best preserved in its many bits, just as it was lived’ – Frieze
‘A highly original, sensitive text.’ – Libération
The best way to read Now, Now, Louison is to surrender to it, to observe in tandem with Louise, to feel alongside her. Her life is her art, and vice versa.’ – National Public Radio (USA)

Longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses 2019
September 2018 Book of the Month at Tate Modern Bookshop
Listed in The Financial Times’ Best Books of 2018: Fiction in translation

Read excerpts in Granta, Harper’s (US), The Offing and Partisan Hotel; and Jean Frémon’s ‘Louise Bourgeois as I Knew Her’, in Notes on Craft, Granta online.

115 pages, paperback with French flaps, isbn 978-0-9930093-8-9

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