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Marie Darrieussecq

Marie Darrieussecq was born in 1969 in the Basque country, in France. She graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris and wrote her Ph.D. thesis on auto-fiction. She wrote her first novel Truismes in six weeks (1996). It was translated in 24 languages and was met with immediate worldwide success. It appeared in English translation in 1997 under the title Pig Tales. She has since published many works  published by the Editions P.O.L, six of which have been translated into English. Today, Darrieussecq is a notable figure among the distinguished younger generation of French writers. Her latest book Il faut beaucoup aimer les hommes received  the prix Médicis in 2013.

About Men, published by Text Publishing and translated by Penny Hueston

With her characteristic intensity, edginess and humour, Marie Darrieussecq explores female desire, what it means to be a woman. Solange was a provincial teenager in All the Way; now in her thirties, she’s not a great mother, is a mediocre actress, but in Hollywood she falls for a charismatic actor, Kouhouesso, who wants to direct a movie of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness—in Africa. He’s black; she’s white—what’s the difference when it comes to love, she wonders?

Solange follows her man to Africa, determined to play a main role in both his film and his affections. But nothing goes to plan in this brilliantly droll examination of romance, movie-making and clichés about race relations. After all, there’s no guarantee you’ll be loved by the one you love.

Personal and political, passionate and engaged, Men is a novel that will make you see things differently.

 

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