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143 and 152. 16. The Four-Chambered Heart in Cities of the Interior, p. 273. 17. Entry of September 1948 in The Diary of Anai"s Nin: Vol. 5, p. 33. The next quotations are on the same page. 18. See Incest: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anai"s Nin 1932-1934, p. 179, for an elaboration of this viewpoint. 19. Nin, A Spy in the House of Love in Cities of the Interior, p. 439. 20. Entry of June 1932 in The Diary of Anais Nin: Vol. I, p. liB. The next quotation, from an entry of April 1932, is on p. 73. 21.
Yet she sought in her fiction to preserve her earlier appreciation of the excitement he had brought to her life through his passionate Latin nature, his guitar playing, his revolutionary fervour, his fascinating tales of his homeland, Peru. Here the lie plays the role of compensation for human disillusion. As in the case of her father, she had used the alchemy of art to transform the daily individual into a recreated specimen, whose illusion and totality could only be maintained in the art form.
She experienced every single one of the tortured chambers of the human heart - our failures, our limitations, our omissions. She nevertheless insisted that we keep alive and nourish that inner light, that intellectual warmth, that infused wisdom that is given to all of us at birth. I don't think that she cared much for or even respected acquired wisdom. She never lost the free aspects of her inner drive. Finally, let me quote the following excerpt from the speech Anai:s delivered to the Philadelphia College of Arts on 1 June 1973.
Anaïs Nin Literary Perspectives by Suzanne Nalbantian