Document Type

Book Review

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2013

Journal or Book Title

Women in French Studies

Volume

21

First Page

111

Last Page

113

DOI

10.1353/wfs.2013.0015

Abstract

Vérité et amour is Claire Legendre’s ninth publication and seventh novel. It is a first-person narrative made up of 89 brief chapters. Francesca, the narrator, moves to Prague with her husband—nicknamed “vice-consul” and whose name readers never learn (20)—shortly after Nicolas Sarkozy’s election. The novel ends during the “printemps d’érable” in Québec and on the night François Hollande is elected president (the final chapter, “Le changement,” undeniably echoes the latter’s campaign slogan). Because of its episodic structure, Vérité et amour reads like a cathartic diary where Francesca depicts her life abroad: the dissolution of her marriage, her becoming a free-lance teacher of French, her making friends, or her unfulfilled affair with a student, Roman Svoboda. Some chapters take a third-person perspective and focus on auxiliary characters. However, they might be interpreted as the narrator’s projections.

Comments

This is a book review from Women in French Studies 21 (2013): 111, doi:10.1353/wfs.2013.0015. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

WIF Studies

Language

en

File Format

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