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Les Éditions de Minuit, publisher of Marguerite Duras and Alain Robbe-Grillet, among others, rarely publishes a debut novel. Jean Echenoz, current star of the revered French literary house and enthusiastic fan of Julia Deck, confesses that he didn’t send his first novel to Minuit because they are "too demandingthe essence of literary quality, too good a publisher for me." ...more
Hardcover, 149 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by The New Press (first published September 6th 2012)
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Orsodimondo
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francia
LA PICCOLA STREGONERIA VIENNESE

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È un buon libro, e non è un noir.
Non capisco perché promozione e recensori insistano nel definirlo un noir: non ha né personaggi né atmosfera né tanto meno finale che possano definirsi noir.
Volendo, è un thriller.
Un thriller psicologico.

Ma soprattutto, è un buon libro, un bell’esordio, con un lungo incipit di quattro pagine quasi magistrale.

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Di capitolo in capito il punto di vista sembra cambiare repentinamente attraverso l’uso di diversi pronomi personali, dal tu
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Michela De Bartolo
Viviane Elisabeth Fauville è una bella donna di 42 anni, con un lavoro importante e una bambina di pochi mesi.
Suo marito, Julien, l'ha lasciata, mettendo fine ad un inferno coniugale, dicendole: "ti lascio, non c'è altra soluzione”
Da qui la discesa nella follia..
Un noir psicoanalitico, decisamente originale, spesso difficile da decifrare, che gioca sui diversi piani di percezione della mente.
Ciò che lega il lettore non è la trama , ma il percorso psicologico di questa donna allo sbando, alla ri
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Banushka
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
hiç beklemediğim bir biçimde çok beğendim. yine çok uzak bir anlatıcıyla yazılmış farklı bir fransız romanı.
bir kere ikinci çoğul şahısla yazılmış, kibarlık amacıyla. anlatıcı ana karakter viviane elisabeth fauville'i ve yaptıklarını "uyudunuz, koştunuz vs..." diye çok uzak bir yerden aktarıyor.
viviane'in kırılgan ruh durumu, yaşadıkları tamamen dış sesle anlatılıyor sanki. tüm bu resmiyete rağmen vivane'in kızına sarılarak iyileştiği anlar kitabın en duygusal anları.
ve okuru ters köşeye yatır
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Dolceluna
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Viviane Élisabeth Fauville” è un racconto a mezza via fra il dramma e il thriller psicologico, che ci svela la discesa nella follia della sua protagonista, Viviane appunto, una donna disturbata ma lucida, sullo sfondo di una Parigi che pare rispecchiare il suo stato d’animo, ombrosa, confusa, assente.
Un viaggio in una psiche malata, che, vittima dell’abbandono e della solitudine, va fuori controllo e urla il suo strazio alla società indifferente al suo dolore. A conti fatti, viene da chiedersi
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Ubik 2.0
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And how I'll never know just why or understand, she said "I've lost control again" (Ian Curtis, 1979)

Ci sono autori capaci di rappresentare con particolare efficacia i misteriosi percorsi di una mente che va fuori controllo, al punto di mettere a disagio il lettore aggrappato alla solidità del proprio mondo reale; se si aggiunge che la protagonista di questo folgorante romanzo d’esordio è una parigina sulla quarantina, cioè la medesima anagrafe dell’autrice, la cosa si fa ancor più inquietante.

H
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Cosimo
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Viviane sei tu

"Non ne sei del tutto certa, ma hai l'impressione di aver fatto, quattro o cinque ore fa, qualcosa che non avresti dovuto fare. Cerchi di rammentare la concatenazione dei tuoi atti, di ricostruirne la sequenza, ma ogni volta che riesci a isolarne uno, questo, invece di far riemergere automaticamente il ricordo del successivo, ripiomba subito nel buco nero in cui si è trasformata la tua memoria".

Apparentemente già nella prima pagina si trova il segreto dello straordinario libro di J
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Jeffrey
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published in France in 2012, and recently released in the United States under the title Viviane, this debut novel is beautifully and stylishly written.

It is an engrossing murder mystery as well as perceptive exploration of madness and delusion.

This slender book brings a new understanding to the plight of those who snap under the strain of modern, urban pressures.
Roberta
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francesi

roberta_on_instgrm

Perchè noir? Non basta qualche pedinamento a fare di un racconto un noir. Questo libro è molto di più di una indagine di polizia. Mi ha ricordato invece Viaggio intorno al mio cranio, perché entrambi i protagonisti si trovano, più o meno volontariamente, a guardarsi dentro. Vivianne, la voce narrante, è incalzante e lucida. Ci coinvolge da subito, nonostante l'antipatia, e ci costringe a seguirla per Parigi. E' un'antieroina a cui ci si affeziona riga dopo riga, fino a ritrovar
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Francesca
4+/5

Viviane Élisabeth Fauville di Julia Deck è un libro breve ma talmente denso di eventi ed emozioni, da risultare simile a un’apnea in un abisso stupefacente e inquietante.
I colpi di scena si susseguono rapidi e incalzanti, in una suspense costante, lungo una trama che trascina il lettore nella psicologia della protagonista come in un viaggio misterioso e mutevole, dall’orizzonte incerto.

Viviane è una donna di 42 anni, una carriera come responsabile della comunicazione in una stimata società,
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Noah Lyons
A succinct, terse psychological drama revolving around a woman, her newborn baby, and the murder of her psychiatrist. The mystery is marginalized in favor of a study of the protagonist's unstable consciousness, memory, and identity-construction.

It starts off strong, with intriguing syntactical experimentation - shifts of pronouns and narrative perspective, characters that may merge into one, or split up into several facets. (I to you to We...she to I...baby and mother are two beings, or one bei
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Tuck
translator coverdaleDra– got impac award for translation of jelloun book This Blinding Absence of Light, but so this one by deck is a bit of a mystery, mysterious like dra_____ . viviane is a recently abandoned mother, her husband just couldn;t take it anymore. so viviane juggles her career, her baby daughter, her shrink, her entry into social security. author uses unique and tricky pov's, from you, to tu, to us, to her, to them, to me in such a fascinating way, those become just as much of the ...more
Cynthia
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
As succinct and beautiful as Deck's prose is, this is one of those books that seems to take place between the lines. The larger world is that sort of place for Viviane, a very new mother whose husband has abandoned her and she risks falling through the cracks herself. She runs hither and thither over Paris, trying to shore up her defenses against the aftermath of a murderous act of madness. Viviane's not waving, she's drowning.
Marianne Eskenazi
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Le polar bien dépoussiéré. J'ai beaucoup aimé. Ça se lit d'une traite, c'est bien écrit et original. Expérimentations réussies : récit qui passe par toutes les personnes du singulier et du pluriel (ou presque) avec fluidité.
Carina
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
Opmerkelijk boekje, geschreven in wisselend perspectief, meestal "vous" (u), soms "elle", waarmee de vervreemding van degene die eigenlijk de ik-figuur is, mooi verbeeld wordt.
Erika
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ancor più che la storia in sé, mi ha entusiasmata la gestione narrativa molto originale da parte dell'autrice. I continui cambi della persona in cui è raccontata la storia avvicina, a mio avviso, il lettore alla protagonista e ne aumenta l'empatia nei suoi confronti.
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: antonio
Viviane è una persona disturbata ed è convinta di avere ucciso il suo analista. Aveva l’arma: i coltelli che si era portata via da casa del marito; il movente, dal momento che odiava l’analista, che riteneva non riuscisse ad aiutarla a risolvere i suoi problemi; l’occasione, poiché la vittima, pur non nascondendo un certo fastidio, si era degnata di concederle un appuntamento quando lei, a seguito dell’abbandono da parte del marito, aveva sentito di essere in procinto di avere un crollo psichico ...more
Ann
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read an English translation (titled simply Viviane) of this that Jeremy received at a library conference.

I wouldn't really call it a murder mystery, although others have. The mystery is what is really going on with Viviane and why. Or, what will happen to her child. I found myself more concerned about the baby than any other character in the story.

There is one sex scene which I skipped because I could tell it was coming and I could also easily tell where it ended.

The shifting point of view was
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Antonella Montesanti
Un noir con tutti i crismi che deve avere un libro noir.
Potrei definirlo con poche parole corto, tagliente ed
affilato come le lame dei coltelli che vengono spesso
citate in questo libro.
Corto ma con pagine dense ed incisive che avvolgono il
lettore dall’inizio alla fine e lo trascinano in un vortice
da cui non vede l’ora di uscire.
Tagliente e affilato come il carattere della protagonista,
che per tutto il racconto crede ad una sola verità che poi
alla fine si rivelerà tutt’altro.
Un noir pieno di fol
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Wesley  Gerrard
You are Viviane Elisabeth Fauville, a 42 year old French woman in the midst of a crisis. You have a child, a young baby, who you nurture and care for, yet your husband is in the process of leaving you. to top off this crisis, yesterday you murdered your psychiatrist. This short novel (written in French) depicts the descent into madness of the lady as she faces up to the guilt of murder. She descends into paranoia and the tale gets increasingly more disjointed as the woman struggles to maintain t ...more
Evelyn
Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
A claustrophobic French murder mystery told from the vantage point of a mentally ill woman whose life is in disarray who thinks that she committed the murder. The woman, who is a suspect, engages in an investigation of the murder, although the purpose is unclear, i.e., whether she is seeking to confirm that she was the murderer, or is trying to obscure her connection to it, or is trying to throw blame on someone else. The solution to the mystery is from left field and has no relationship to the ...more
Antonio
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: greatbooks, noir
A very good novel. Not really a noir. Two quotes that were left impressed in my mind:
The incipit: "Vous êtes Viviane Élisabeth Fauville. Vous avez quarante-deux ans, une enfant, un mari, mais il vient de vous quitter. Et puis hier, vous avez tué votre psychanalyste. Vous auriez sans doute mieux fait de vous abstenir. Heureusement, je suis là pour reprendre la situation en main."

And this gem:
"[…] a te capita spesso di osservare le cose immobili in attesa che ti rivelino il loro segreto."
Evalina
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is written with extreme detail that puts you right where the character is but as far as plot and the conclusion I was not impressed at. I was able to figure out what the ending would more or less be by chapter 5. The reviews all say "shocking ending" which was not the case for me. From chapter 5 on I was basically reading details to something that was an obvious conclusion. Not a strong mystery novel but beautifully written.
Richard Koerner
Maybe it is just not my kind of book. It started out well but I really didn't care for where or how it went. I understand that perhaps it might appeal to someone else, but a woman who seemingly has little if any motive or reason to kill her analyst just doesn't make it. I kept thinking I was missing something and by reading further, it would come to me, but it didn't. Oh well, you have to read all sorts of things before you find what you really like.
Tina Schaefer
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Polar qui se lit d'un seul trait. Éblouissant et bouleversant premier roman écrit a la 1ère personne dans la voix de la protagoniste accusée d'avoir poignardé son analyste. On est plongé dans un univers noir, fou et mystérieux dont les paramètres changent a tous les tournants. La fin nous laisse stupéfaits. A ne pas manquer.
Lou
Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
Un livre qui se laisse lire, une histoire de bonne facture et un style agréable mais, au final, le tout manque un peu d'émotions. J'ai beaucoup apprécié le côté surréaliste de l'errance dans Paris. Néanmoins, les personnages manquent de vie, d'empathie, de profondeur. Un bon roman mais auquel il manque le petit quelque chose qui pourrait en faire un grand roman.
Marta Abbà
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francais
affrontato con alte aspettative sono rimasta delusa e ammetto di averlo terminato solo perché non è lungo e per la novità e la sperimentazione che rappresenta. soprattutto dal punto di vista stilistico. L'uso del tu ma anche i ritmo e la dimensione della narrazione. curiose, ma da lì ad essere un buon libro ci vuole tanto. tanto lavoro di ammorbidimento.
Anna
Jul 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
I think the meaning behind this book and the most important events got lost in translation. I just did not understand the story at all and despite it being really short I truly struggled through it. I think it has good potential but maybe if the story was re written in English as opposed to it being translated.
Daphne
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eu-lit, less150p
De verschillende vertelvormen maken deze novelle tot een bijzonder werk. Beschrijvend en vaag tegelijkertijd staat de vraag centraal : wie heeft de psychiater vermoord? Viviene, Elisabeth, iemand anders? Een unheimlich gevoel blijft achter...
Rupert
May 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read the English translation of this and I surely hope it was a bad one or else I can't figure out why this book got any attention. It might have made a decent short story, but as a short novel/novellette it just feels piecemeal and half-baked. Read Simenon or Highsmith instead.
Kathleen
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
A descent into madness? Maybe it was because it was so hyped, but I just didn't get it. Translated from the French, so perhaps something was lost in translation? I actually could see this being a movie, though. Something like Inception, maybe.
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