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A Life’s Work

A Life's Work - Rachel Cusk

Rachel Cusk

Nem todos os bons livros são fáceis de ler.

«A Life’s Work» da Rachel Cusk é um deles – honesto e escrito com muita coragem. Um livro que mostra que para todos os casos de maternidade simples e feliz, há casos difíceis com processos incómodos de reconstrução e reencontro. A roleta que “escolhe” o que nos calha não é lançada por nós. O mistério é esse.

Este livro, após ser publicado em 2001, recebeu críticas violentas por retratar uma experiência crua e difícil de maternidade deixando claro como a sociedade sente desconforto quando a maternidade não é pintada de cor-de-rosa.

“On and on it went, back and forth: I was accused of child-hating, of postnatal depression, of shameless greed, of irresponsibility, of pretentiousness, of selfishness, of doom-mongering and, most often, of being too intellectual. One curious article questioned the length of my sentences: how had I, a mother, been able to write such long and complicated sentences? Why was I not busier, more tired? Another reviewer – a writer! – commanded her readers not to let the book fall into the hands of pregnant women. (…) it seemed to me to be intrinsic to the psychical predicament of the new mother, that in having a child she should re-encounter the childhood mechanism of suppression. She would encounter the possibility of suppressing her true feelings in order to be “good” and to gain approval. My own struggle had been to resist this mechanism. I wanted to – I had to – remain “myself”., escreveu Cusk num artigo no The Guardian.

Às vezes para abrirmos horizontes, precisamos de ver (e ler) para além do nosso conforto.

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