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ISBN
9781913547059

eBook ISBN
9781913547080

Publication date
3rd December 2020

RRP
£9.99

Imprint
Gallic Books

Binding
PB B

Extent (number of pages)
144pp

Translator
Derek Coltman

Territory

UK, Europe & BC

BIC category
FA

Category

Asphyxia

(L'asphyxie)

£9.99

An extraordinary tale of a stifled childhood and an unrelenting zeal for life from the protégée of Simone de Beauvoir.

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Description

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.*

Reviews
‘What distinguishes this book, beyond the acuity of the emotion, is the sharpness and closeness of the observation with which the little daughter regards her own town’ The Scotsman
‘The real strength of the book lies in the atmosphere of sheer ordinariness it manages to evoke’ Observer
Praise for Violette Leduc
‘The great French feminist writer we need to remember’ The Guardian
‘Violette Leduc is an exceptional writer, and one of the most extraordinary women ever to have written about herself’ TLS
‘Indisputably a brilliant writer’ Evening Standard
‘Like Colette she has a wonderful feeling for all kinds of sensual happiness’ Daily Mail
‘There are no adjectives for Mlle. Leduc’s work, beyond the obvious one, astonishing. To read her is to be astonished by the experience of an enlarged world’ New York Times Book Review
Violette Leduc

Meet the author

Violette Leduc was born in Arras, France, in 1907, the illegitimate daughter of a serving girl who would later blame Violette for her personal misfortunes. She was sent to boarding school, from which she was eventually expelled after her affairs with a female pupil and a tutor were discovered. Her 1…

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