Her new novel, “Les Guérillères” (though novel is hardly the word for it), now appears in an American edition. Monique Wittig was born in the. Les Guérillères has ratings and 55 reviews. Mala said: They say henceforward what they are is not subject to compromise. They say they must now stop. Monique Wittig’s second novel Les Guerilleres is obviously a tale of war, given that the morpheme “guerre” is clearly discernible in the work’s title. However, the .

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I wish I could read it without stumbling through with a French dictionary in hand. This book is often billed as a novel and it’s frankly pretty unsatisfying if you hold it to those expectations.

Their conjoint power has menaced hier “They speak together of the guerillleres they have constituted towards authority, they tell how guerilledes were burned on pyres to prevent them from assembling in future. They were able to exercise their powers at will and to transform all kinds of persons into mere animals, geese pigs birds turtles.

Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review ‘s biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. She says women should fit in to the universality of gurrilleres experience.

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I think a translation would ruin the effect. The combination of this war of mythic proportions and the unusual format come together in a way that feels pedantic.

Some of the vignettes tell stories of specific people living in the society, some of them tell of the goddesses that the society worship, some tell of the collective history which seems to point to a time much like present day and some tell of specific points in the war between the sexes.

I am certain they will pay us out a hundredfold, that they will make us stay all day by the distaff the shuttle and the spinning-wheel, that they will send us to wash dishes in the kitchen. The frequent lists of names and the O symbol add another dimension, almost like a Greek chorus of contemporary and mythic women surrounding the text and infusing their presence guetilleres all the different scenes and incidents.


Here, the buried warfare of [“Muriel”] Spark’s communities explodes in a new Amazonianism. Dec 21, Vivienne Led rated it really liked it. The teams consist of seventy-five persons each, arranged on either side of the midline of the parade-ground. They say, oddly enough what they have exalted in their words as an essential difference is a biological variation.

White women need to stop using slavery as a metaphor. There is an underlying structure of sorts to it, as the novel begins with what can be considered the foundations, moves towards conflict that’s when the men come into the pictureand concludes with a triumphal, optimistic resolution.

It avoids the “men are pigs” cliche, even when the Amazonian barbarian babes are spearing them down,flaying them open, and tanning their hides. But now I’ve set the book down and I have trouble lws any specific thread or scene or character well, there really aren’t characters, per se that struck me. View all 6 comments.

Form and Format in Fiction: Les Guérillères by Monique Wittig

To the extent that there is any narrative or continuous characterization it is fuzzy and only comes into view a little bit by the end of the text. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: They rise vertically above the heads of the players.

And despite the fuzziness, a fairly clear political perspective comes into view by the end of the text. It’s a fantasy-esque story sort of of what all-female community might look like, like a more obtuse, abstract version of Joanna Russ’s book The Female Manwhich I suspect it inspired.

Les Guérillères

The form of the book is unusual. Or, failing that, invent. In my culture a woman’s patience is compared to that of the Earth: There are a hundred and fifty violet hoops a hundred and fifty indigo hoops a hundred and fifty blue hoops a hundred and fifty green hoops a hundred and fifty yellow hoops a hundred and fifty orange hoops a hundred and fifty red hoops. They have ruled over life and death. Shocking to read, sometimes tenderly familiar, other times sickeningly strange.

Oct 23, Bill Brydon rated it it was amazing Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Guerillerfs just suppose it doesn’t fit my palate as wonderfully as other ‘weird’ lit.


But what does the language and the literature of the oppressed look like? Wittig writes in French, from a feminist perspective. Before you pick it up, here’s some tips that prepared me for reading: There are no discussion topics guerillerres this book yet.

I have absolutely no idea what just happened.

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But the opposite is also true; without class and class consciousness there are no real subjects, only alienated individuals. Very soon there is an indescribable tumult of bodies jostling each other in the attempt to take hold of the same hoop or to withdraw from the confusion.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. A lot of gorgeous pastoral,post-apocalyptic imagery punctuated by pages featuring either large letter “O”s which,in the book, are vulval symbols or columns of female names both elaborate and mundane Clytemnestra, Anne,etc etc.

Oct 14, l. He says to them throwing his head back with pride, poor wretches of less, if you eat him who will go to work in the fields, who will produce food consumer goods, who will make the aeroplanes, who will pilot them, who will provide the spermatozoa, who will gueripleres the books, who in fact will govern? Either this hadn’t been translated yet when I was in college or it was really hard to find, but I was stuck reading it in French.

Occasionally, specific people are mentioned, but each is only mentioned for a few huerilleres before the writing reverts back to the more generalized story.

The book resembles the feminaries it describes – series of episodes and incidents and memories written collectively by many hands — some relating to each other, others in contradiction, and new ones being added as fast as old ones become irrelevant or outdated.