- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Granta Books; New edition edition (10 April 2001)
- ISBN-10: 1862074097
- ISBN-13: 978-1862074095
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.8 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,073,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sans Moi Paperback – 10 Apr 2001
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Marie Desplechin's Sans Moi is as elegant and economical in structure as a little black dress by Agnés b. Translated from the French by Will Hobson, a contributing editor to Granta Magazine, the novel tracks the friendship between two women, Olivia, a recovering drug addict, and the narrator, a writer, who employs Olivia to mind her children. The facts of Olivia's life are brutal: needles and pills, an incestuous brother-in-law, and a too-close acquaintance with drug dealers and debt collectors. But as she says: "I turn everything that happens to me into a joke. That's why people like me." The "evanescent substance of her soul" certainly has the narrator hooked: "Her voice affects me like a mountain spring. It wakes me up and enchants me." The children love Olivia, as does everyone who comes into contact with her harsh wit and her duplicitous capacity for re-invention. The narrator has got her own struggles: single parenthood, a soulless writing job and a life that is accelerating off the rails. She is rueful and sharp: "My cowardice leads me as a rule, never to tackle a problem head-on. I prefer defeat to confrontation." It should be an overheated novel, all that downbeat angst and career anxiety on collision mode, but Desplechin's writing has a kind of fierce control. She deals with emotional turmoil with a spare delicacy, and manages to create a picture of contemporary life that is both desperate and hopeful. Eithne Farry --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"'This is an unexpected take on the au pair-from-hell scenario, beautifully done - honest, funny and, finally, deeply touching.' Aura 'Every so often you read a novel which causes you to machine-dye your preconceptions about relationships until the washed-out grey becomes a vivid, lipstick pink. In Sans Moi, a very big hit in France, Marie Desplechin achieves exactly that, through the gentlest methods imaginable.' The Times 'A beguiling, triumphant novel, defiant of the gravity of its subject matter.' Independent"See all Product Description