Published by Édititons Gallimard 1971, Condition: excellent. French
"To have an inner life, to think, to juggle and leap, to become a tightrope walker in the world of ideas. To attack, to riposte, to refute, what a contest, what acclaim. To understand. The most generous word of all. Memory. To retain, a geyser of felicity. Intelligence. The agonizing poverty of my mind. Words and ideas flitting in and out like butterflies. My brain a dandelion seed blown in the wind." - Violette Leduc
The story deals with the topic of incest between a brother and sister as they drive around Paris in the back of a taxi having sex and talking about their time together growing up in the city. While the subject of the book was and remains taboo, Leduc was never one to shy away from the extremes of life in her writing. She was innovative in her sexual boldness, her ability to delicately express the tenderness that can be felt between two people and in her belief of her talent and her writing capabilities.
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