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Book Title: La Femme de Gilles|
The author of the book: Madeleine Bourdouxhe
Edition: Northwestern University Press
Date of issue: October 12th 1994
ISBN 13: 9780810111974
Format files: PDF
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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.
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Read information about the authorMadeleine Bourdouxhe moved from Liège to Paris in 1914 with her parents, where she lived for the duration of World War I. After returning to Brussels, she studied philosophy. In 1927 she married a mathematics teacher, Jacques Muller. The marriage lasted until his death in 1974. Her daughter was born the day the Germans invaded Belgium in May 1940. She fled with her husband to a small village near Bordeaux, but was forced by the government in exile to return to Brussels, and remained there, active in the Belgian Resistance.
After the war, she lived regularly in Paris and had contact with writers such as Simone de Beauvoir Raymond Queneau and Jean-Paul Sartre, and also with painters such as René Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Her last novel, 'A la Recherche de Marie', was published in 1943. In the mid-1980s, however, Madeleine Bourdouxhe was rediscovered by the feminists, resulting in new editions and translations.
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