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Modern Nature

by Derek Jarman


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Film/Memoir "Epiphanies infuse Modern Nature, Derek Jarman's diaries from 1989 to 1990, with their ebullient evocations of gardening. For Jarman, planting flowers at his wind- and sea-blasted cottage and then reciting their names (endlessly, passionately) becomes sex, becomes the fullness he's on his way to leaving as he grows sicker from AIDS." —Village Voice Literary Supplement "Modern Nature is very moving, with harrowing accounts of treatment mixed with lists of flowers planted in his garden and of films held together against lack of money and reports of friends dying." —The New Republic "The pace of Jarman's life as chronicled in Modern Nature is unpredictable. In more energetic moments, Jarman cruises the public parks, makes a film without a script (The Last of England, 1987), and attempts to get Matt Dillon's heartbeat for a project. He plants saxifrage and sea kale. He starts taking AZT. When Jarman discovered he was seropositive, he set himself a goal: to disclose his status and survive Margaret Thatcher. These he has done with aplomb." —Artforum "Jarman writes sensitive, observant prose." —Publishers Weekly [Author photo: mkt/author photos/J/Jarman, Derek.tif] One of England's foremost filmmakers, Derek Jarman (1942–1994) wrote and directed several feature films, including Sebastiane, Jubilee, Caravaggio, and Blue, as well as numerous short films and music videos. He was a stage designer, artist, writer, gardener, and an outspoken AIDS and queer rights activist in the United Kingdom and the United States. He wrote several books, among them At Your Own Risk and Chroma, forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press. University of Minnesota Press Printed in U.S.A. Cover design by Percolator Graphic Design Cover image: Workbench (detail), Derek Jarman, copyright The Estate of Derek Jarman, photograph copyright K. Collins

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University of Minnesota Press
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