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She shows the country behind the curtains and analyses it without kindness. She points out the violence in the suburbs, the underground world.

She catches the essence of our time. Houellebecq is a man of the 20 th century.

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The two novels I read are provocative but in the past. Virginie Despentes is a feminist, a lesbian I believe, and her light on our world is resolutely in the 21 st century. Like Houellebecq, her vision of our society is dark and rather desperate but unlike Houellebecq she shows it with the means of our time. Max wrote an entry about Cosmopolis and the creative cowardice of Anglo-American literature where he explains that, to him, contemporary Anglo-Saxon writers fail to capture our age. In her own trashy way, I think that Virgine Despentes succeeds in this.

I might take the plunge. Your stamp of approval goes a long way. Like Like. I could have told you to avoid Baise-moi , not your kind of film from what I heard of it.


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Not surprising. I wonder why on Amazon they translate Baise-moi into Rape me. I had never heard of Despentes. These dark and gritty stories that highlight the underside of modern life were something that appealed to me more about twenty years or so. However, a well done novel of this type can certainly tell a lot modern society and be very good reads.

Thanks Brian. Some of her other books are available in English. Is it not even set in your town? Her pen name comes from Les pentes de la Croix-Rousse , a nice neighbourhood here. She was born in Lorraine, can you believe it? Have you read Marie Nimier? Of all the books in the contemporary clutch of brash and graphic women writers, I liked her best.

I read La nouvelle pornographie, and thought it was very clever. Your paragraph beginning with the tapestry of French society is what really hooked me. Love your comparison with Houellebec. She managed to avoid that pitfall. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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    Like this: Like Loading Comments 22 Trackbacks 5 Leave a comment Trackback. Guy Savage. Your commentary on this book is terrific Emma. Based upon what you wrote. AK Press Collectively-owned, worker-run. Radical publishing and distribution since Apocalypse Baby Virginie Despentes Author. Qty: Add to Cart. Details France's most notorious feminist writer gives us Apocalypse Baby , a raucous road trip in which two mismatched private investigators—the Hyena, a mysterious and ruthless vigilante, and Lucie, an apathetic and resentful slacker—cruise the streets of Paris and Barcelona in search of a missing girl.

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