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"A haunting, slim novel which has the mesmeric inevitability of a classical tragedy." --Independent on Sunday

La Femme de Gilles
tells the story of a fatal love triangle—written on the eve of World War II.

Set among the dusty lanes and rolling valleys of rural 1930s Belgium, La Femme de Gilles is the tale of a young mother, Elisa, whose world is overturned when she discovers that her husband, Gilles, has fallen in love with her younger sister, Victorine. Devastated, Elisa unravels.

As controlled as Elena Ferrante's The Days of Abandonment and as propulsive as Jenny Offill's Dept. of Speculation, La Femme de Gilles is a hauntingly contemporary story of desperation and lust and obsession, from an essential early-feminist writer.

Just after her novel was first published in 1937, Madeleine Bourdouxhe disassociated herself from her publisher (which had been taken over by the Nazis) and spent most of World War II in Brussels, actively working for the resistance. Though she continued to write, her work was largely overlooked by history . . . until now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612195872
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 11/15/2016
Series: Neversink Series
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,234,794
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Madeleine Bourdouxhe was born in Belgium in 1906. Her first novel, La Femme de Gilles, was published in 1937, but the outbreak of World War II interrupted her writing career, and her second book, A la recherche de Marie wasn't published until 1943. A volume of shorts stories, A Nail, a Rose, first appeared in English in 1989, followed by translations of La Femme de Gilles and A la recherche de Marie. Bourdouxhe died in 1996.

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