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The Baby

The Baby

Marie Darrieussecq

  • awardWinner, PEN Translates Award, 2018
  • Translated by Penny Hueston

    The Baby is a mother’s project and a writer’s project—how to reconcile these two demanding roles? What is a baby? And why are there so few of them in literature? Through notes taken in the months after her first child was born, Darrieussecq, in her characteristically ingenious style, makes observations that will bring smiles and grimaces of recognition, and raise important questions.

    Along with the banal drudgery of childcare, there is the euphoria, the obsession, the terror and the visceral focus on the body. Arguing with ‘Saint de Beauvoir’, Darrieussecq examines how women as mothers are targeted from all angles. How, she asks, can a woman be more and other than a mother?

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    Marie Darrieussecq
    About the Author

    Marie Darrieussecq is a French writer born in Bayonne in 1969. Her first novel, Pig Tales, was published in 1996 and translated into thirty-five languages. She has written more than twenty books. In 2013 she was awarded both the Prix Médicis and the Prix des Prix for her novel Men. She lives in Paris.

    Penny Hueston has translated four earlier...

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    Extent:
    208pp
    Format:
    Paperback
    Text publication date:
    2 April 2019
    ISBN:
    9781911231264
    AU Price:
    $27.99
    NZ Price:
    $35.00
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    Praise for Marie Darrieussecq
    andThe Baby

    ‘An enchanting book…moving, funny, profound. And never sentimental.’

    ‘Without seeming to, Marie Darrieussecq gives us an example of what literature can achieve. It is a rare thing.’

    ‘The reader will be captivated by Darrieussecq’s hypnotic style.’

    ‘There are few writers who may have changed my perception of the world, but Darrieussecq is one of them.’

    ‘Darrieussecq evokes the awe, fear and weirdness of motherhood, the demolition of certainty, an instinct for rapture. She puts her hand in the great dark lake of maternal experience and scoops up filigrees of the phosphorescent memory all mothersshare, turns them gleaming in the light of her words, one after another. I was disturbed, envious, enthralled.’

    ‘Vintage Darrieussecq: tender, disturbing and indelible.’

    ‘Darrieussecq ruminates on both the magical and trivial ins-and-outs of motherhood and contemplates topical questions around how we define mothers. The book is as much of a must-read for those with children, as it is for those considering whether (or not) to have them.’

    ‘Darrieussecq has a force of clarity, an ability to take herself seriously without the need for self-deprecation. She is always original, always thrilling.’

    ‘[Penny] Hueston has obviously captured the original pulse of the language, not an easy task.’

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      ISBN: 9781925774306
      2 April 2019
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