Sex, Existentialism, the Métro: Frenchtastic ‘Voice Over’

This existentialist debut novel is so French. It tracks the tortured sex life of a nameless woman who works doing announcements for the Métro and spends her spare time contemplating, in vivid detail, her amorous failures, plus getting mixed up with characters like a transvestite performer and a North African drug dealer. Céline Curiol’s prose is unsentimental but moving. On her protagonist: “There had only been two men in her life. And she had never understood what they wanted from her.”

Voice Over

Céline Curiol

Faber & Faber

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