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Anna has been living happily for twenty years with loving, sturdy, outgoing Guillaume when she suddenly (truly at first sight) falls in love with Thomas. Intelligent and handsome, but apparently scarred by a terrible early emotional wound, he reminds Anna of Jude the Obscure. Adrift and lovelorn, she tries unsuccessfully to fend off her attraction, torn between the two men. "How strange it is to leave someone you love for someone you love. You cross a footbridge that has no name, that's not named in any poem. No, nowhere is a name given to this bridge, and that is why Anna found it so difficult to cross."
Anne Serre offers here, in her third book in English, her most direct novel to date. The Beginners is unpredictable, sensual, exhilarating, oddly moral, perverse, absurd--and unforgettable.
New Directions Publishing Corporation
July 06, 2021
4.65 X 7.25 X 0.52 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author
The author of fourteen novels and short story books, Anne Serre was born in 1960. Her work has been acclaimed here as "hypnotic, enchanting" (Publishers Weekly), "tight and fabulist" (Full Stop), and "strange and beguiling" (Kirkus).
Mark Hutchinson was born in London and lives in Paris. Among his many translations from the French are several books by the poet Emmanuel Hocquard and a collection of essays by the sculptor Raymond Mason.