By Violette Leduc
An obsessive and revealing self-portrait of a notable lady humiliated through the conditions of her start and by means of her actual visual appeal, l. a. Bâtarde relates Violette Leduc’s lengthy look for her personal id via a chain of agonizing and passionate amorous affairs with either women and men. whilst first released, l. a. Bâtarde earned Violette Leduc comparisons to Jean Genet for the frank depiction of her sexual escapades and immoral habit. A confession that comprises images of a number of well-known French authors, this booklet is greater than only a scintillating memoir―like that of Henry Miller, Leduc’s great writing kind and a spotlight to language remodel this autobiography right into a murals.
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I continued to do so without any thought of achieving satisfac tion, until the age of twenty-eight. It was a pastime, it reassured me. I smelled my fingers, I breathed in the extract of my being, to which I attached no value. Aime Patureau, a boy of seventeen with a pretty round face, with sandy puttees round his calves, hurt his foot. The wound became infected, he stayed at home, he lifted his window curtain and called me. Seeing him alone in his parents' house while they were out working, seeing his leg stretched out on a chair in the silence of the dining room rendered me speechless.
One Sunday morn ing in winter my mother was not in our bed when I got up. I shov eled the ashes out of the stove, I heard two people laughing on the ground floor, in the room where Fideline had died : one of them was my mother, the other was Juliette, a former cook. She often came to see my mother. They would talk about my mother's seducer, about his parents, about his home, where they had been in service together. The wall of Juliette's cafe was next to the main gate of their garden. The barman did odd jobs for the family.
Why, tell me why ? Was I as much of an encumbrance as all that ? I don'L remember my mother leaving ( IJ me in the establishment and thank heaven for that privilege. I do remember my grief, my stamping on the tiled floor after she had gone. Screams, tears, groans, those days were to be an icy compress, always too heavy and too cold. The headmistress was afraid I would go into convulsions; she sent a telegram and my mother took me back home. She once gave me her photographs of him. It is a strange moment when you gaze questioningly at an unknown figure in a picture and the picture, the unknown figure, is your nerves, your joints, your spinal column.