The cover to Anais Nin: A Sea of Lies by Leonie Bischoff, featuring the title and author's name in brown. The background is comprised of swirls, petal-like shapes, and flowing tubes in a variety of colors and gradients. A portrait of a person surrounded by these shapes, with their eyes closed and a peaceful expression on their face, appears on the left of the cover.
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Léonie Bischoff, Translator: Jenna Allen

Anaïs Nin: A Sea of Lies

On sale date: June 6, 2023

In lithe, sensuous colored pencils, this international prize-winning, impressionistic graphic biography traces the life, the affairs, and the artistic process of Anaïs Nin, one of the best-known authors of women’s erotica in the 1920s and ‘30s.

Anaïs Nin, the author of works such as Delta of Venus and House of Incest, is the patron saint of taboo-breaking pop culture sexual iconoclasts. Not only is she an inspiration for contemporary figures such as Madonna, but her oeuvre, which encompasses erotica, autobiography, essays, short fiction, novels, and much more, has been adapted into film (Henry and June), television (Little Bird), and other media.

The cartoonist Léonie Bischoff traces the life of the prolific writer in this lushly colored graphic novel. It begins with Nin struggling to reconcile the man she married (who had artistic aspirations) with the banker she finds herself living with in the Parisian suburbs. Soon, her obsession with June Miller leads to inspiration. Nin's life and art, the truth and fiction, are further intertwined as she recounts her many sexual liaisons including those with Henry Miller (whom she and her husband subsidize so he can write the controversial Tropic of Cancer), her psychoanalysts, and even her father. Although Bischoff’s drawing is largely representational, she occasionally depicts Nin’s sexual experiences in scenes as surreal as Nin’s own written portrayal of them.


"A nuanced, gorgeously drawn portrait of a beautifully complicated figure. The stunning visuals elevate the titillating but respectful narrative. " — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"In this gorgeously illustrated graphic biography... Bischoff sets a high standard by brilliantly capturing Nin's creation of herself as an artist. She not only whets the appetite of anyone who wants to delve further into Nin's work, but her pages also shimmer with the artistic abandon Nin sought in her own work." — World Literature Today

"[This] beautiful and supple new graphic novel... is a gorgeous work of art. The work is flowing and expresses the femininity of Nin and are stunning interpretations of Nin's inner and outer life." — Cinema Sentries

"With its swirling lines and volcanic emotions, Bischoff's sumptuously drawn book echoes the oceanic style Nin used to render the chaos of her inner life." — Star Tribune

"A dazzling portrait of a complicated writer." — Kirkus Reviews


8.6" × 11.4"