And now for something……

Utterly disconnected. Has anybody ever read any Marie Darrieussecq? I was bored last night (Mr A playing Civ again, useful excuse not to write THE NOVEL) so I decided to revisit a few french weirdnesses.

I first read this book when I was living in France. It’s called Truismes, which can be truths, but can also be a play on words about a sow (truie). It is truthfully one of the strangest books that I have ever read either in English or in French. (It is published in Enlgand by Faber under the title Pig Tales). It is about a woman in a nihilistic futuristic world that slowly, and bizarrely sexily, metamorphoses into a pig. It’s very odd, even by my standards of oddness. The only thing I have read that is nearly as strange is Alina Reyes. The closed nature of the world and the bizarre nature of the transformation are a little like Angela Carter circa ‘The Passion of New Eve’.

Lately I’ve read some of her other books as well, but in English – they are better in French really. Even in English, they should be read just for their seriously mind-blowing qualities, and the strange nature of the discourses within… finish them almost dazed.


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