A Swallow Press Book

A Spy in the House of Love — 2013

New Edition

By Anaïs Nin
Introduction by Anita Jarczok

“Real and unmistakable genius”

Rebecca West

“A prose/poetry dream, a lyrical celebration of the inner life and the images it evokes.”

Daniel Stern

Although Anaïs Nin found in her diaries a profound mode of self-creation and confession, she could not reveal this intimate record of her own experiences during her lifetime. Instead, she turned to fiction, where her stories and novels became artistic “distillations” of her secret diaries. A Spy in the House of Love, whose heroine Sabina is deeply divided between her drive for artistic and sexual expression and social restrictions and self-created inhibitions, echoes Nin’s personal struggle with sex, love, and emotional fragmentation. Written when Nin’s own life was taut with conflicting loyalties, her protagonist Sabina repeatedly asks herself, can one idulge one’s sensual restlessness, the fantasies, the relentless need for adventure without devastating consequences?


Picture of Anaïs Nin

Anaïs Nin (1903–1977) remains an iconic literary figure and one of the most notable experimental writers of the twentieth century. As one of the first women to explore female erotica, Nin revealed the inner desires of her characters in a way that made her works a touchstone for later feminist writers. Swallow Press currently publishes sixteen other titles by or about Anaïs Nin.

Cover of 'A Spy in the House of Love'