Pretty Things

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Pub Date: 08/14/2018

Pages: 224

Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY

Imprint: The Feminist Press at CUNY

ISBN 13: 9781936932276

ISBN 10: 193693227X

Price: $17.95 / $23.99 CAN

Category: FICTION / Contemporary Women

Pretty Things

By Virginie Despentes, Emma Ramadan

Price: $17.95

Format:

Paperback

About the Book

Claudine has always been pretty and Pauline has always been ugly. But when

Claudine wants to become famous, she enlists gloomy Pauline—with

her angelic

voice—into

pretending they’re the same person. Yet just as things take off,

Claudine commits suicide. Pauline hatches a new scheme, pulling on her dead

sister’s identity, inhabiting her apartment, and reading her mail. As the impersonation

continues, Pauline slowly realizes that the cost of femininity is to dazzle on

the outside while rotting away on the inside—and

that womanhood is what ultimately

killed her sister.

About the Book

A pulpy, psychological tale of mismatched twins struggling to embody the role of the perfect woman.

Author

Virginie Despentes is an award-winning author and filmmaker and a noted French feminist and cultural critic. She is the author of many award-winning books, including Apocalypse Baby (winner of the 2010 Prix Renaudot) and Vernon Subutex (winner of the Anaïs-Nin Prize 2015, Prix Landerneau 2015, Prix La Coupole 2015). She also codirected the screen adaptations of her controversial novels Baise-Moi and Bye Bye Blondie.

Emma Ramadan is a literary translator. She translates from Providence, Rhode Island, where she is also co-owner of Riffraff bookstore and bar. Her translations include Sphinx and Not One Day by Anne Garréta, Monospace by Anne Parian, and The Curious Case of Dassoukine’s Trousers by Fouad Laroui. She is a recipient of a 2016 PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant for her translation from the French of Ahmed Bouanani’s The Shutters.

Emma Ramadan is a literary translator. She translates from Providence, Rhode Island, where she is also co-owner of Riffraff bookstore and bar. Her translations include Sphinx and Not One Day by Anne Garréta, Monospace by Anne Parian, and The Curious Case of Dassoukine’s Trousers by Fouad Laroui. She is a recipient of a 2016 PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant for her translation from the French of Ahmed Bouanani’s The Shutters.