In a small French town, a young girl grows up under the hard blue gaze of a mother who will not hold her hand. Her only comfort lies in the warmth of an ill grandmother.
Yet the world around her is full of curiosity. From the obsessive Madame Barbaroux and her endless spring cleaning, to the homeless Monsieur Dezaille and his beloved collection of saucepans, Leduc reveals the eccentricities of provincial life with unflinching candour and striking beauty.
An extraordinary tale of a stifled childhood and an unrelenting love of life from the protégée of Simone de Beauvoir.
*Asphyxia is a new edition of Derek Coltman’s 1970 translation In the Prison of Her Skin.*