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3.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  68 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Marie Darrieussecq reconnue depuis son Truismes d'inspiration kafkaïenne, explore dans chacun de ses nouveaux romans un territoire d'écriture neuf et renouvelé. C'était le cas dans Naissance des fantômes (1998) et Le Bébé (2002). Elle récidive dans White. Un couple, Edmée et Peter, elle, ingénieur en télécommunication, lui, ingénieur chauffagiste, se retrouve isolé du mond ...more
Paperback, 145 pages
Published 2005 by Faber and Faber (first published 2003)
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Roz Morris
Jan 06, 2014 Roz Morris rated it liked it
Shelves: ice
This is less a novel, more a poetic exploration. This edition is a translation from French so I can't know what the original was like, but this is a beautiful read. It's less about the characters and more about the place - the loneliness of the Antarctic, the startling landscape, the kinds of mind-tricks it might play with you (twin or triple suns, for instance), the precarious nature of life there. It focuses loosely on two characters, narrated by a collective spirit-chorus of people who have p ...more
Toby
Mar 21, 2013 Toby rated it liked it
This isn't my "usual" type of book, but having just read and enjoyed last years Booker prize winner, which also isn't my "usual" type of book, I thought I'd give it a go, brave new world and all that.

This could, notionally, be thought of as sci-fi, it's set in the near future, too near if anything, the idea that we'll have 3D holographic videocalls in 2015 is probably pushing things a little, as is the prospect of a manned mission to Mars in the same year, so there's scope to suggest that this i
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Fabíola Maciel
São muitos os romances à disposição dos aficionados da leitura. Por isso, para conseguirem espantar e convencer os leitores é exigida aos escritores uma diversidade e criatividade fora do comum. Uns são bem-sucedidos, outros não. Este é um caso negativo.

O palco escolhido para uma (suposta) história de amor é a Antárctida. Edmée e Peter fazem parte de uma equipa de engenheiros que durante seis meses está em missão na terra dos glaciares. Até aqui, o livro parece prometer uma boa história.

A única
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Josh
Sep 26, 2012 Josh rated it liked it
"One day, he will take a snow scooter and go to the South Pole, fifteen kilometers away. It will make a good excursion. And to the geographical South Pole, not the other, magnetic one, which shifts about with the waves. Maybe even he will sense something, waves, or a centre? Where the curves and currents converge? He will treat himself to that much. In such a silence, he will still be able to hear the alarm. The only snag is that you have to go in twos, the rules do not allow anyone to go on the ...more
Jan
This is an intriguing read. The story, bit by bit unraveled, has a strong current of several motives: solitude and emptiness in a harsh nature (the bitterly cold Antarctiv), fed by adventures in the past (Scott, Amundsen) and two main characters finding their way fled from their regular present into, well, finding each other. The story has a good progression, well balanced.
The most significant ‘character’, however, is the author’s style: it is pointillism with words, it is evocatic poetic prose,
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Luke
Dec 04, 2007 Luke rated it liked it
Darrieussecq has one of the most unique styles of prose that I have ever read. The first few times I read her it took me a bit to find my footing, but once you do she can be a rather illuminating and other-worldly experience. Not necessarily great writing at times, but definitely creative and entertaining. Like some poetry can be.
Mark
Oct 28, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This woman is a really good writer. I mean really good, I mean hit-me-with-a-baseball-bat good. Like brilliant in a way that few writers are (these days).
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Marie Darrieussecq was born on January 3, 1969. She was raised in a small village in the Basque Country.

While finishing her PhD in French literature, she wrote her first novel, Truismes (Pig Tales) which was published in September 1996 by Paul Otchakovsky-Laurens (POL), who have published all her subsequent novels as well. After the success of Truismes, Darrieussecq decided to quit her teaching po
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“The emptiness is so intense, that anything which enters it leaves a trace, something of it remains in space: in the silence, in the whiteness, nothingness becomes peopled, too.” 2 likes
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