Modern Love
Modern Love
Constance De Jong

Sexy-cool-weirdos, delight! A read for those both disenchanted and lovelorn. Reminiscent of Cortazar and Kathy Acker. —Recommended by Ivy

"People used to tell me, if you keep on writing maybe you'll make a name for yourself," New York–based artist and writer Constance DeJong (born 1950) wrote in Modern Love. “They were right: My name’s Constance DeJong. My name’s Fifi Corday. My name’s Lady Mirabelle, Monsieur Le Prince, and Roderigo. Roderigo’s my favorite name. First I had my father’s name, then my husband’s, then another’s. I don’t know. I don’t want to know the cause of anything.”

Modern Love, DeJong’s first book, was published in 1977 by Standard Editions, an imprint co-founded by DeJong and Dorothea Tanning. In 1978, the text was adapted into a 60-minute radio program accompanied by the “Modern Love Waltz,” a piano composition by Philip Glass. In this new edition, DeJong’s debut novel is brought back into print, her dissonant shifts of voice and inimitable staccato rhythm made available to a new generation of readers.

Title Modern Love
Author Constance De Jong
Publisher Ugly Duckling Presse
Title First Published 23 March 2017
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 224 p.
ISBN-10 0991558529
ISBN-13 9780991558520
Publication Date 23 May 2018
Main content page count 224
Weight 16 oz.

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