Author: Alsadir, Nuar
Published on 2 August 2022 by Fitzcarraldo Editions in the United Kingdom.
Paperback | 320 pages
128 x 197 x 25 | 336g
Laughter shakes us out of our deadness. An outburst of spontaneous laughter is an eruption from the unconscious that, like political resistance, poetry, or self-revelation, expresses a provocative, impish drive to burst free from external constraints. Taking laughterâ€™s revelatory capacity as a starting point, and rooted in Nuar Alsadirâ€™s experience as a poet and psychoanalyst, Animal Joy seeks to recover the sensation of feeling alive and embodied. Writing in a poetic, associative style, blending the personal with the theoretical, Alsadir ranges from her experience in clown school, Anna Kareninaâ€™s morphine addiction, Freudâ€™s unfreudian behaviors, marriage brokers and war brokers to â€˜Not Jokesâ€™, Abu Ghraib, Fanonâ€™s negrophobia, smut, the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, laugh tracks, the problem with adjectives, to how poetry can wake us up. At the centre of the book, though, is the authorâ€™s relationship with her daughters, who erupt into the text like sudden, unexpected laughter. These interventions â€“ frank, tender, and always a challenge to the writer and her thinking â€“ are like tiny revolutions, pointedly showing the dangers of being severed from our True Self and hinting at ways we might be called back to it. A bold and insatiably curious prose debut, Animal Joy is an ode to spontaneity and feeling alive.