It becomes impossible to read Astragal or know its heroine outside of the context of Sarrazin’s own tragic story. Through Anne, Sarrazin emerges as a person fragile and vulnerable, yet full of a fierce energy, leaving some of the substance of herself behind in the form of her writing.

Full Stop

As alive as a Godard movie, this lost classic of 60s French literature is back

Astragal

Fiction by Albertine Sarrazin

With a contribution by Patti Smith

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Paperback (published March 26, 2013)

ISBN
9780811220736
Price US
15.95
Price CN
17
Page Count
192

Ebook (published March 26, 2013)

ISBN
9780811220743
Price US
15.95

Albertine Sarrazin

French-Algerian writer who wrote only two novels before dying at twenty-nine.

It becomes impossible to read Astragal or know its heroine outside of the context of Sarrazin’s own tragic story. Through Anne, Sarrazin emerges as a person fragile and vulnerable, yet full of a fierce energy, leaving some of the substance of herself behind in the form of her writing.

Full Stop

With Astragal’s English reissue and Patti Smith’s new introduction, there is the hope, perhaps slight, that Sarrazin will find a new audience and, with it, a new kind of freedom.

The Brooklyn Rail

Sarrazin’s career may have been tragically curtailed, but her legacy is a novel that grateful readers are discovering now, almost 50 years after her death.

PopMatters

Smith’s essay and Sarrazin’s crackling and incandescent prose make Astragal a gift, a memento of a decade that was both rough and radical, yet full of potential, and the testament of two astonishing lives, one real, one fictive, both self-invented and utterly extraordinary.

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