Elle

Product Number: EB00699891
Released: Mar 21, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781590519165
Publisher: Other Press
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Description

Elle is a psychological thriller that recounts thirty days in the life of its heroine Michele-powerfully portrayed by Isabelle Huppert in Paul Verhoeven's award-winning film-where memory, sex, and death collide on every page. A few weeks before Christmas, Michele picks herself up from her living room floor. She has been raped. She has almost no recollection of her attacker but she senses his presence-he is never far away-and this uncanny feeling triggers a whirlwind of events and memories. She begins to fear she is losing her grip on a life already complicated by a demanding job, an ex-husband with a new girlfriend, a jealous lover, and a son trapped in a relationship with his girlfriend pregnant by another man. Hardened by the consequences of her father's violent past, Michele-nearing fifty, fiercely independent and unsentimental-refuses to be reduced to a victim. When her rapist begins taunting her with messages, she takes measures to protect herself-until she discovers his identity. Through the bitingly sarcastic and unflinchingly realist voice of its heroine, Elle paints a striking portrait of one woman's experience that challenges our notions of masculinity and femininity, weakness and strength.

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Author(s): Philippe Djian
Original Publish Date: Mar 21, 2017

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