La Femme de Gilles
One of the more remarkable literary discoveries of the last few years. Jonathan Coe, Guardian A haunting, slim novel which has the mesmeric inevitability of classical tragedy. Independent on Sunday La Femme de Gilles is about physical passion, its ecstasies, aberrations and ruthlessness . . . quiet, compassionate and unsparing. Times Literary Supplement Elisa is Gilles wife and her devotion to him is passionate and all-consuming. Her daily life is permeated by thoughts of him thoughts of his return from the factory, thoughts of his footsteps on the path as he arrives home each evening, when, in the minutes before his return, she is overcome with paralysing anticipation. But when Gilles suddenly finds himself powerfully and helplessly attracted to Elisas younger sister, Victorine, Elisas world is overturned. The joys of home and family are destroyed and her desperation is so profound that it begins to threaten her every sense of reality and the core of her existence. Set among the dusty lanes and rolling valleys of rural Belgium in the 1930s, La Femme de Gilles is a sensual and shattering novel about infidelity, lust, and the loneliness of losing the one thing that matters most.
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