• Last week before the Goncourt award ceremony, on November 3.

  • Like last year, you will be able to designate the Goncourt prize for readers of "20 Minutes".

  • Among the four finalists, "Le voyage dans l'Est" by Christine Angot published on August 18, 2021 by Éditions Flammarion.

Valérie A, contributor to the

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Books

reading group

, recommends

Le voyage dans l'Est

 by Christine Angot, published on August 18, 2021 by Éditions Flammarion.


Her favorite quote:

“The surveillance didn't change anything.

The gestures were taking place.

Monitoring.

Dams.

Controls.

When they arrived, you had to pretend it wasn't a big deal.

Pretending has become a general attitude.

An automatism.

Applicable to everything.

That permeated all my relationships.

The attitude I should adopt with him determined how I spoke to others about him.

"


Why this book?

  • Because this powerful novel deals with incest with lucidity and finesse,

    from the point of view of the child, then of the adolescent and the young woman victim of her father.

  • Because we discover the meeting of Christine Angot

    with the one who must recognize her, not having done so at her birth having left her mother before;

    this father, Pierre Angot, great translator, an intellectual.

    Then begin the touching, the blowjobs, the caresses and all the rest.

    As if she should be grateful for giving him his name.

  • Because the author also analyzes the lack of reaction

    from those close to her and probes the origins of this wound so intimate and so deep.

    Because incest, we must not talk about it, it's taboo ...


The essentials in 2 minutes

The plot.

 Christine, 13, finally meets her father Pierre Angot, who works at the Council of Europe.

He will give it his name.

She admires him.

Then begin the gestures, the caresses, the incest.

This incest which will continue for a long time.

Christine, distraught, is unable to end it.

...

Characters.

 Christine, her father Pierre Angot, Claude her husband.

Places.

 Chateauroux, Reims, Strasbourg, Nice

The time.

 1972 until 1994.

The author.

 Christine Angot, born Schwartz on February 7, 1959 in Châteauroux, is a French novelist and playwright.

She frequently reads her texts to the public, especially on stage.

Since the publication of

L'Inceste

in 1999, she has become a personality in French literature.

This book was read with

astonishment.

We come out stunned, revolted.

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