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Elisabeth Ladenson: Autofriction, 20 September 2007

... as a topic for French literature, giving way to something sexier: trauma. Camille Laurens and Marie Darrieussecq, two authors who until now have shared a publisher (P.O.L.), began exchanging blows last month in the literary pages of all the major papers over Darrieussecq’s latest novel, Tom est mort, a ...

Letting out the Inner Pig

James Peach: Marie Darrieussecq, 16 September 1999

My Phantom Husband 
by Marie Darrieussecq, translated by Helen Stevenson.
Faber, 153 pp., £9.99, July 1999, 0 571 19663 2
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... Marie Darrieussecq’s first novel, Pig Tales, is the comic, sexual and cheery self-description of a ‘masseuse’ who gradually turns into a pig.* Fantastical metamorphosis mixes with grotty Parisian reality, giving rise to a Mad Max future of ruined cities and megalomaniacs. Its 153 pages can be read in an afternoon, and its themes are in tune with the preoccupations of readers of glossy magazines ...

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Thomas Jones: Britney’s Biggest Fan, 21 June 2001

... This may remind some readers of the opening of Naissance des fantômes (My Phantom Husband) by Marie Darrieussecq – M.D.’s latest novel, Le Mal de mer, has recently come out in English as Breathing Underwater (Faber, £9.99) – in which the narrator’s husband leaves their apartment to buy a loaf of bread and never returns. There wouldn’t be ...

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