Today, Thursday 25 August 2016, Men by Marie Darrieussecq is published in the UK by Text Publishing.
The 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 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 clichés about race relations. After all, there’s no guarantee you’ll be loved by the one you love.
ersonal and political, passionate and engaged, Men is a novel that will make you see things differently.
Praise for Marie Darrieussecq
About the author: Marie Darrieussecq was born in 1969 in Bayonne, France. Her novel, Pig Tales, was published in thirty-four countries. Text has also published Tom Is Dead and All the Way. She lives in Paris.