A Swallow Press Book

Cities of the Interior

By Anaïs Nin

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

Daniel Stern

“Beautiful, rare novels.”

Karl Shapiro

”Real and unmistakable genius.”

Rebecca West

“She explores relationships on a level to which few contemporary novelists penetrate.”

The Atlantic

Ladders to Fire, Children of the Albatross, The Four-Chambered Heart, A Spy in the House of Love, Seduction of the Minotaur. Haunting and hypnotic, these five novels by Anaïs Nin began in 1946 to appear in quiet succession. Though published separately over the next fifteen years, the five were conceived as a continuous experience—a continuous novel like Proust's, real and flowing as a river.

The full impact of Anaïs Nin's genius is only to be found through reading the novels in context and in succession. They form a rich, luminous tapestry whose overall theme Nin has called “woman at war with herself.” Characters, symbols appear and reappear: now one, now another unfolding, gradually revealing, changing, struggling, growing, and Nin had forged an evocative language all her own for the telling.

“The diary taught me that there were no neat ends to novels, no neat denouement, no neat synthesis,” she explains. “So I began an endless novel, a novel in which the climaxes consisted of discoveries in awareness, each step in awareness becoming a stage in the growth like the layers in trees.”

Cities of the Interior fulfills a long–time desire on the part of readers, publisher, and Anaïs Nin herself to reunite the five novels in a single volume.


Anaïs Nin (1903–1977) is 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 is the premier US publisher of books by and about Nin.

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978-0-8040-0666-8
Retail price: $32.95, T.
Release date: Jan. 1996
590 pages · 5½ × 8½ in.
Rights:Canada, Philippines, and USA

Additional Praise for Cities of the Interior

“She wishes to immerse readers in that flow of sensibility and reflection from which human beings distill the significance of what they do and suffer.”

New York Times