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Men: A Novel of Cinema and Desire

Marie Darrieussecq Penny Hueston

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Text Publishing Company
27 April 2016
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
The French title of Men plays on a quote by Marguerite Duras- 'We have to love men a lot. A lot, a lot. Love them a lot in order to love them. Otherwise it's impossible, we couldn't bear them.' With her characteristic intensity, edginess and humour, Marie Darrieussecq explores female desire, what it means to be a woman. Solange was a provincial teenager in All the Way; now in her thirties, she's not a great mother, is a mediocre actress, but in Hollywood she falls for a charismatic actor, Kouhouesso, who wants to direct a movie of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness-in Africa. He's black; she's white-what's the difference when it comes to love, she wonders? Solange follows her man to Africa, determined to play a main role in both his film and his affections. But nothing goes to plan in this brilliantly droll examination of romance, movie-making and cliches about race relations. After all, there's no guarantee you'll be loved by the one you love. Personal and political, passionate and engaged, Men is a novel that will make you see things differently.
By:   Marie Darrieussecq
Translated by:   Penny Hueston
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   362g
ISBN:   9781925240917
ISBN 10:   1925240916
Publication Date:   27 April 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Men: A Novel of Cinema and Desire

'There are few writers who may have changed my perception of the world, but Darrieussecq is one of them.' The Times 'The internationally celebrated author who illuminates those parts of life other writers cannot or do not want to reach.' Independent 'Compelling...Anyone who has experienced heartbreak will relate...A moody, powerful book.' Age/Sydney Morning Herald 'This is an atmospheric novel, written in prose that is at once evocative and compulsive...For those in the market for a nuanced and thought-provoking dissection of race and gender relations and who are willing to risk being infuriated, Men is an easy and engaging read.' NZ Listener 'As a chronicle of the humiliations and occasional joys of loving someone whose own feelings are more ambiguous...it feels queasily accurate...A sometimes biting, often sharply observed take on a relationship one would surely rather read about than be part of.' Kirkus


  • Winner of Prix de Prix (French Prize of Prizes) 2013.
  • Winner of Prix Medicis, Prix des Prix 2013 (France)

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