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Mirror of Venus

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Paperback, 144 pages
Published by Bantam Books
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Ugh. This is a perfect example of the 1960's male gaze. Some of the photos are quite beautiful but the message of the book is horrifying. Essentially the three women featured in the photos are treated as wild, sexy animals that need to be tamed (but not too tamed!) It ends with these lines: "So say you love her, say you will protect her, say that nothing will harm her. Say something excessive, say something final - that you will kill her if she leaves you. Shake her. Tell her that it is serious. ...more
This beautiful book of photographs pre-dates Green's Birds of Britain and is actually superior, but where that book provides biographical sketches of each woman photographed this one provides poetic verses by Sagan and Fellini. Unfortunately no distinction is made between Sagan's and Fellini's text. Sometimes it's apparent, but mostly not.

For anyone interested interested in 1960s culture and style, this book, along with Birds of Britain is a must.
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Born Françoise Quoirez, she grew up in a French, Catholic, bourgeois family. She was an independent thinker and avid reader as a young girl, and upon failing her examinations for continuing at the Sorbonne, she became a writer.

She went to her family's home in the south of France and wrote her first novel, Bonjour Tristesse, at age 18. She submitted it to Editions Juillard in January 1954 and it
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