Novelist and traveller Ingrid Thobois was born in Rouen in 1980. Since 2000, she has taught French in Afghanistan, made several radio reports on Central Asia and Haiti, and taken part in development and election monitoring missions in Indonesia, Congo, Moldavia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Kazakhstan. She has written two novels, outstanding for their intensity and style, construction and psychological insight: Le roi d’Afghanistan ne nous a pas mariés (Prize for a First Novel 2007) and L’Ange anatomique (2008).
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Norma-Jean is still glamorous in her fifties, but her life is a construction of secretive layers. There’s the mirror relationship with her husband – formerly her analyst – and the fascination with a former pupil she visits every Thursday at Sollicciano prison in Tuscany, nourishing an ever-more mysterious and astonishingly dramatic series of events.
Ingrid Thobois has mastered the fine art of psychological suspense in this remarkable novel about madness and the abysses of the unconscious, a cunning construction of twists and turns, repetitions and manipulations. With a cruel yet delightful sense of detail, she paints an unforgettable portrait of a woman fighting against her transference, against the treacherous illusions of love.
This cinematographic puzzle-novel recalls the films of Hitchcock and Mankiewicz.
- This title features as part of our Spring 2013 French reading group.
- DownloadRoland Glasser’s sample translation