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What would you do if your closest friend tried to steal your life? A chilling new novel from the prize-­winning author of No & Me – a Richard & Judy Bookclub selectionToday I know that L. is the sole reason for my powerlessness. And that the two years that we were friends almost made me stop writing for ever.­Overwhelmed by the huge success of her latest novel, exhausted and unable to begin writing her next book, Delphine meets L. L. is the kind of impeccable, sophisticated woman who fascinates Delphine; a woman with smooth hair and perfectly filed nails, and a gift for saying the right thing. Delphine finds herself irresistibly drawn to her, their friendship growing as their meetings, notes and texts increase. But as L. begins to dress like Delphine, and, in the face of Delphine's crippling inability to write, L. even offers to answer her emails, and their relationship rapidly intensifies. L....

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Everyday Mathilde takes the Metro, then the commuter train to the office of a large multi-­national where she works in the marketing department. Every day, the same routine, the same trains. But something happened a while ago - she dared to voice a different opinion from her moody boss, Jacques. Bit by bit she finds herself frozen out of everything, with no work to do.­Thibault is a paramedic. Every day he drives to the addresses he receives from his controller. The city spares him no grief: traffic jams, elusive parking spaces, delivery trucks blocking his route. He is well aware that he may be the only human being many of the people he visits will see for the entire day and is well acquainted with the symptomatic illnesses, the major disasters, the hustle and bustle and, of course, the immense, pervading loneliness of the city.­Before one day in May, Mathilde and Thibault had never met. They were just two anonymous figures in a crowd, pushed and shoved and pressured...

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Only a teenager when Delphine was born, Lucile raised two daughters largely alone. She was a former child model from a Bohemian family, younger and more glamorous than the other mothers: always in lipstick, wayward and wonderful. But as Delphine grew up, Lucile's occasional sadness gave way to overwhelming despair and delusion. She became convinced she was telepathic, in control of the Paris metro system; she gave away all her money; she was hospitalized, medicated, and released in a kind of trance. Young Delphine was left to wonder: What changed her, or what shaped her all along?­In this brilliant investigation into her own family history, Delphine de Vigan attempts to "write her mother,­" seeking out something essential as she interviews aging relatives, listens to recordings, and reads Lucile's own writings. It is a history of luminous beauty and rambunctious joy, of dark secrets and silences. There are untimely deaths and failures of memory. There are revelations and there is . . .

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Only a teenager when Delphine was born, Lucile raised two daughters largely alone. She was a former child model from a Bohemian family, younger and more glamorous than the other mothers: always in lipstick, wayward and wonderful. But as Delphine g...

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« La douleur de Lucile, ma mère, a fait partie de notre enfance et plus tard de notre vie d’adulte, la douleur de Lucile sans doute nous constitue, ma sœur et moi, mais toute tentative d’explication est vouée à l’échec. L’écriture n’y peut rien, tout au plus me permet-­elle de poser les questions et d’interroger la mémoire.
La famille de Lucile, la nôtre par conséquent, a suscité tout au long de son histoire de nombreux hypothèses et commentaires. Les gens que j’ai croisés au cours de mes recherches parlent de fascination ; je l’ai souvent entendu dire dans mon enfance. Ma famille incarne ce que la joie a de plus bruyant, de plus spectaculaire, l’écho inlassable des morts, et le retentissement du désastre. Aujourd’hui je sais aussi qu’elle illustre, comme tant d’autres familles, le pouvoir de destruction du Verbe, et celui du silence.
Le livre, peut-­être, ne serait rien d’autre que ça, le récit de cette quête, contiendrait en lui-­même sa propre genèse, ses errances narratives, . . .

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”Det är vackert skrivet. 'Dagar utan hunger' känns.­”/DAGENSBOK.­COM ”Delphine de Vigan visade som mycket ung en förbluffande talang.­”/UPPSALA NYA TIDNING Laure är 19 år och anorektiker. I sjukdomens slutstadium blir hon inlagd på sjukhus av en skicklig, intuitiv läkare som på många sätt blir hennes räddning. Det tar tre månader att blåsa liv i hennes utmärglade kropp. Månader som ger Laure tid att börja förstå hur det kunde gå så långt, att möta de barndomsminnen som hon inte kan frigöra sig ifrån, och att hitta livsglädjen igen. Delphine de Vigan skrev den här romanen för att besvärja sin egen historia, om sjukdomen, om vilja att leva och om att våga bli vuxen. Översättning från franska: Maria Bodner Gröön

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”Mammas smärta utgjorde en del av vår barndom och senare vårt vuxna liv, och med all sannolikhet har hennes smärta format oss, min syster och mig. Likväl är varje försök till förklaring dömt att misslyckas. Alltså borde jag nöja mig med att nedteckna brottstycken och fragment av den, hypoteser om den.­” Översättning från franska: Helén Enqvist

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Opera d'esordio di Delphine de Vigan, pubblicato in Francia nel 2001 con lo pseudonimo di Lou Delvig, Giorni senza fame è un lungo racconto autobiografico che narra l'esperienza di Laure, una giovane donna anoressica. È il controcanto ideale del doloroso, bellissimo Niente si oppone alla notte: là una madre, qui una figlia, entrambe gravate di pesanti eredità familiari, entrambe in lotta contro un male oscuro, nato all'interno del loro corpo e della loro mente. Con lo stile sobrio e preciso che le è proprio, asciutto quanto emozionante e vivo, Delphine de Vigan rievoca i tre difficili mesi di ospedale durante la fase più acuta dell'anoressia, fino alla guarigione, facendo rivivere con lucidità e a tratti con feroce ironia i personaggi incontrati nei corridoi e nelle corsie, i malati, i medici, gli amici in visita. Fino a rendere un tema così scottante, e così privato, protagonista non di un saggio socio-­psicologico, non di un diario intimo, ma di un capolavoro letterario.

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