Salt on our skin
Author: Benoîte Groult
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
This series of bibliographical references is one of the most important tools for research in modern and contemporary French literature. No other bibliography represents the scholarly activities and publications of these fields as completely.
No and Me
Author: Delphine De Vigan
Publisher: Anchor Canada
"All my life I've felt on the outside wherever I am, out of the picture, the conversation, at one remove, as though I was the only one able to hear the sounds or words that others can't and deaf to the words that they seem to hear. As if I'm outside the frame, on the other side of a huge, invisible window. But yesterday when I was there with her, I'm certain that you could have drawn a circle around us, a circle I wasn't excluded from, which enclosed us, and for a few minutes, protected us from the world." At thirteen-years-old, with an unusually high IQ and a knack for observing things about other people, Lou Bertignac is not only the youngest in her class at school; she is also the most unusual. Painfully shy, she has few friends, save for Lucas, whose company helps her get through each day. At home, Lou's life is also difficult: Her mother hasn't left the house in years and her father spends his days crying in the bathroom. Lou's world is dark and sad... That is, until she meets No. No is a teenage girl that Lou befriends for the purpose of her school project on homelessness. Despite the different worlds that these two girls come from, a friendship is soon forged between them. Unable to bear the thought of No not having a home or a family to keep her safe, Lou persuades her reluctant parents into letting her new friend stay with the Bertignac family. No's addition to the household forces Lou and her parents to face the sadness that has been enveloping them for so long — but not without some disruptions along the way. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Benoite Groult
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
This witty autobiography captures the rich and varied life of a renowned French author and pioneering feminist, through the obstacles and movements in twentieth-century France. Born in 1920 in Paris, Benoite Groult obtained the right to vote only when she was twenty-five years old. She married four times, bore three children, underwent several illegal abortions, became a writer after she turned forty, and a feminist in her fifties. Groult chronicles her experiences and her intellectual developments through successive phases—as an obedient child, an awkward and bookish adolescent, and a submissive wife—until finally becoming a liberated novelist. Here, she recounts the childhood trips she spent with her family, Paris during the occupation, her marriages, motherhood, and her continuous fight for women’s rights. At ninety-one years old, she concludes that she has been, and still is, a happy woman—lucky to have captured her freedoms, one by one, paying for them, delighting in them, and loving them. Sexy, chatty, and full of shrewd insight, My Escape covers her years of struggle and success—as a daughter, lover, writer, wife, mother, and reluctant socialite—and draws a portrait of the role of French women in the twentieth century.
Author: Benoîte Groult
" Il n'est pas inutile, après vingt-cinq ans, d'analyser la place d'Ainsi soit-elle. C'est bien, je crois, parce qu'il a eu une fonction dans le féminisme contemporain, une place à part. L'une des fonctions essentielles de ce livre, pour toute une génération, est sans doute d'avoir été un pont entre les jeunes féministes et leurs mères. Leurs mères, même si elles étaient bienveillantes avec leurs filles, étaient souvent déroutées, dans les années soixante-dix, par leurs filles militantes. Par leur radicalité, la mixité, une certaine forme de violence qui paraissait nécessaire à beaucoup, mais certainement pas aux mères. Et soudain, avec Ainsi soit-elle, une femme de leur âge prenait la parole, une femme qui avait elle-même des filles. Et elle leur racontait son histoire qui était souvent la leur, ou une partie de la leur. Et elle leur disait non seulement de regarder le féminisme avec intérêt, mais de rejoindre elles-mêmes le combat, de toute urgence. " Josyane Savigneau.
Death on the Installment Plan is a companion volume to Louis-Ferinand Céline's earlier novel Journey to the End of Night. Published in rapid succession in the middle 1930s, these two books shocked European literatue and world consciousness. Nominally fiction but more rightly called "creative confessions," they told of the author's childhood in excoriating Paris slums, of serves in the mud wastes of World War I and African jungles. Mixing unmitigated despair with Gargantuan comedy, they also created a new style, in which invective and obscenity were laced with phrases of unforgettable poetry. Céline's influence revolutionized the contemporary approach to fiction. Under a cloud for a period, his work is now acknowledged as the forerunner of today's "black humor."