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Walk Through Walls
A Memoir
By (author): Marina Abramovic
9781101905067 Paperback, Trade English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Mar 06, 2018
$23.00 CAD
Active 5.18 x 8 x 1.04 in 384 pages 2 4C INSERTS; 100 B/W PHOTOS Crown Archetype Three Rivers Press
Now in paperback, this memoir reveals the life of Marina Abramović, the world’s most celebrated performance artist. Known for her extensive body of work, she’s led a fascinating life, from a dark childhood in postwar Yugoslavia to finding worldwide fame as an artist known for testing, and overcoming, the limits of fear and pain.

“I had experienced absolute freedom—I had felt that my body was without boundaries, limitless; that pain didn’t matter, that nothing mattered at all—and it intoxicated me.” In 2010, more than 750,000 people stood in line at Marina Abramović’s MoMA retrospective for the chance to communicate nonverbally with her in an unprecedented durational performance that lasted more than 700 hours. This celebration demonstrated again that Marina Abramović is truly a force of nature. The child of Communist war-hero parents, she was raised with a relentless work ethic. Even as she built an international artistic career, Marina lived at home under her mother’s abusive control. But nothing could quell her insatiable curiosity, desire to connect with people, or distinctly Balkan sense of humor. The beating heart of Walk Through Walls is an operatic love story, a 12-year collaboration with performance artist Ulay, much spent penniless in a van traveling Europe, a relationship that unraveled and came to a dramatic end atop the Great Wall of China. Marina’s story, by turns moving, epic, and dryly funny, informs a career that pushes her body past the limits of fear, pain, exhaustion, and danger in an uncompromising quest for emotional transformation. Walk Through Walls is a powerful rendering of the unparalleled life of an extraordinary artist.

Story Locale: Europe, Australia, United States

POP-CULTURE ICON: Marina is an art-world and pop-culture icon who has everyone from Jay Z to George Lucas clamoring to collaborate. Her MoMA retrospective brought in $14M in ticket sales, and her electrifying reunion with Ulay after 22 years apart has garnered 27M YouTube views.

POWERFUL MESSAGE: In addition to her dynamic storytelling, Marina’s goal is to impart a powerful message, using her personal experiences to help others learn to push through pain and emerge stronger than ever.

BESTSELLING COLLABORATOR: In the tradition of J. R. Moehringer’s collaboration with Andre Agassi on Open and George Plimpton’s channeling of Diana Vreeland in D.V., accomplished writer James Kaplan, bestselling author of Frank and Sinatra, has partnered with Marina to bring her voice to the page in the liveliest manner imaginable.

MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ makes her primary residence in New York City and in the Hudson Valley.

Author Residence: New York, NY

Author Hometown: Yugoslavia

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“Candidly and vividly sharing her personal struggles as well as her artistic and spiritual discoveries, Abramović presents a uniquely intense and affecting art memoir.”—Booklist

“Enchanting and emotionally raw, Walk Through Walls is an honest, gripping, and profound look into the heart and brilliant mind of one of the quintessential artists of the postmodern era.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“In her new memoir [Marina Abramović] exposes herself as provocatively and fearlessly in language as she has done for many years in her largely nonverbal performance art. Her page-turner of a narrative [is] at times shocking…genuinely moving, and always coruscatingly honest.” —Elle

“The author turns blank pages into a museum of the self, cutting herself open for the sake of the narrative. But in Abramović’s case, the performance feels even more extreme. She has actually bled for her life story….This Marina is the most charming one, the voice that makes Walk Through Walls propulsively readable.”—New Republic

“Marina’s role as an artist, she believes, with a hubris that can sound naïve and a humility that disarms any impulse to resent it, is to lead her spectators through an anxious passage to a place of release from whatever has confined them.”—Judith Thurman, The New Yorker

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