Aveux non avenus
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“Individualism? Narcissism? Certainly. It’s my best tendency, the only intentional fidelity of which I am capable.”
- Claude Cahun, Aveux non avenus
Despite being one of Cahun’s most famous literary works, Aveux non avenus is probably the most cryptic. This text presents a maze of Cahun’s reflections on inward topics including fear, vanity, self-love, and pride. Some consider Cahun to be a narcissist, since they seemed to be so preoccupied with discovering what truth might lay hidden inside the self, if such a thing can be said to exist. This novel, however, is more of a counter-biography. The title itself means confessions unconfessed, or disavowals. Although focused on the self, Cahun is not solipsistic -- Aveux non avenus draws its readers into a maze of collaborative push and pull so that ideas of the self as a concept in and of itself can be deconstructed for all.