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Her new novel, “Les Guérillères” (though novel is hardly the word for it), now appears in an American edition. Monique Wittig was born in the. Les Guérillères has ratings and 55 reviews. Mala said: They say henceforward what they are is not subject to compromise. They say they must now stop. Monique Wittig’s second novel Les Guerilleres is obviously a tale of war, given that the morpheme “guerre” is clearly discernible in the work’s title. However, the .

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Have it a second time. Jul 29, Natalie Cannon rated it it was amazing.

Form and Format in Fiction: Les Guérillères by Monique Wittig

Wittig turns gender dogma on its head in such a beautiful way. BUTwhat I wanted to get at is a is that it is not widely read but b it is read widely enough that even a bookshop with multiple unread copies on its shelf still asks for healthy money. They say, men in their way have adored you like a goddess or else burned you at their stakes or else relegated you to their service in their back-yards.

The form of the book is unusual. Interspersed between the narrative every few pages is a page with a list of capitalized guerillerds names, save after an introductory piece one first and last of these, which go further with some explanation.


I love creative formatting used within prose narratives, so these interludes were exciting. They say that they must tuerilleres the last bond that binds them to a dead culture. You say there are no words to describe this time, you say it does not exist.

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Les Guérillères

They say, yes,these are the same domineering oppressors who sleep crouched over heir money-bags to protect their wealth and who tremble with fear when night comes. Cryptic, but gueril,eres, this is probably the best-known work of the late Monique Wittig. Lists with This Book.

Dec 26, Jamie rated it liked it Shelves: Talk about missing the point!

The effect of these lists is like that of a war memorial, name after name of those lost in the fight. The ground is divided into zones corresponding to the colours of the spectrum. Oct 14, l. Perhaps I am idealistic, but I like to believe that it will not take an apocalyptic war to create an equal and free society. Whatever they have not laid hands on, whatever they have not pounced on like many-eyed birds of prey, does not appear in the language you speak.

The separated paragraphs serving to recount several concurrent narrative lines recalled Sexing the Cherry. They rotate on themselves. Mar 05, Jacob Wren rated it it was amazing. As the book progresses, the vignettes are dispersed between lists of names which are also in all capital letters. The women bury them at the same time as their own saying, let there be erased from human memory the longest most murderous war it has ever known, the last possible war in history.


Les Guérillères by Monique Wittig

You say you have lost all recollection of it, remember. David Le Vay Translator. Want to Read saving…. They say, they have described you as they described the races they called inferior.

Even so, Wittig’s prose gleams through; makes me wish i could read it faster!

Form and Format in Fiction: Les Guérillères by Monique Wittig | Lightning Droplets

The combination of this war of mythic proportions and the unusual format come together in a way that feels pedantic. Then they chant at the top of their voices the famous song which begins, Let a hundred flowers blossom, a hundred schools compete.

They both can be gueriilleres on many grounds but they should be engaged with and understood. This certainly seems to be an impossibility since materialism and subjectivity have always been mutually gueerilleres.

Almost like a series of short dreams.