Description of Incest
"French writer Christine Angot’s memoir, 'Incest,' is astounding for what it refuses to do. Unlike other recent memoirs on incest that dwell on healing, therapy and even forgiveness, Angot steers clear of this territory and remains embedded in her own maddening struggle for stability."
The narrator is falling out from a torrential relationship with another woman. Delirious with love and yearning, her thoughts grow increasingly cyclical and wild, until exposing the trauma lying behind her pain. With the intimacy offered by a confession, the narrator embarks on a psychoanalysis of herself, giving the reader entry into her tangled experiences with homosexuality, paranoia, and, at the core of it all, incest. In a masterful translation from the French by Tess Lewis, Christine Angot's Incest audaciously confronts its readers with one of our greatest taboos.