La Bâtarde by Violette Leduc

cover of the book La BâtardeLa Bâtarde by Violette Leduc
Genre: Autobiographical Fiction; Award Winner
Copyright Year: 1965
Published: 1974
Publisher: Folio 41
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Award(s): Publishing Triangle’s 100 Best Lesbian and Gay Novels
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An obsessive and revealing self-portrait of a remarkable woman humiliated by the circumstances of her birth and by her physical appearance, La Batarde relates Violette Leduc’s long search for her own identity through a series of agonizing and passionate love affairs with both men and women. When first published, La Batarde earned Violette Leduc comparisons to Jean Genet for the frank depiction of her sexual escapades and immoral behavior. A confession that contains portraits of several famous French authors, this book is more than just a scintillating memoir–like that of Henry Miller, Leduc’s brilliant writing style and attention to language transform this autobiography into a work of art. First published in translation by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1965), most recent paperback by Riverhead (1997).
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