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Author on Tour: Marie Darrieussecq

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Author Marie Darrieussecq will be in the United States to promote the US release of her book Sleepless: A Memoir of Insomnia (Pas dormir, P.O.L.; trans. by Penny Hueston, Semiotext(e), 2023).

About Marie Darrieussecq

Marie Darrieussecq is one of the leading voices in contemporary French literature. Her first novel, Pig Tales (Truismes, P.O.L.; trans. by Linda Coverdale, The New Press, 1998), was a finalist for France’s prestigious Prix Goncourt in 1996 and became an international bestseller. In 2013, she received the Prix Medicis for her novel Men: A Novel of Cinema and Desire (Il faut beaucoup aimer les hommes, P.O.L.;  trans. by Penny Hueston, Semiotext(e), 2016). Marie Darrieussecq has also worked as a translator and psychoanalyst. In 2022, she was a resident at Villa Albertine.

About Sleeplees: A Memoir of Insomnia

(trans. by Penny Hueston, Semiotext(e), 2023)

Plagued by insomnia for twenty years, Marie Darrieussecq studies, in her book Sleepless, the causes, implications and consequences of sleeplessness. Inspired by her personal experience, Darrieussecq also turns to literature, geopolitical history, and psychoanalysis to better understand where insomnia comes from and what it might mean. Raging between autobiography, clinical observation, and criticism, Sleepless is a graceful, inventive meditation by one of the most daring, inventive novelists writing today.

Sleepless was released in the United States in September 2023.

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Marie Darrieussecq will be on tour in the US in April 2024.

Her public program will include:

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Best known for its introduction of French theory to American readers, Semiotext(e) has been one of America’s most influential independent presses since its inception more than three decades ago. Publishing works of theory, fiction, madness, economics, satire, sexuality, science fiction, activism and confession, Semiotext(e)’s highly curated list has famously melded high and low forms of cultural expression into a nuanced and polemical vision of the present.

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