'Men' by Marie Darrieussecq published in the UK

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

“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.”
— The Independent on All The Way
“Her gifts are dazzling.”
— The Observer

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.