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The Governesses

(1992)
A novel by

 
 
Publishers Weekly Best Books in Fiction 2018

The sensational US debut of a major French writer—an intense, delicious meringue of a novella

In a large country house shut off from the world by a gated garden, three young governesses responsible for the education of a group of little boys are preparing a party. The governesses, however, seem to spend more time running around in a state of frenzied desire than attending to the children’s education. One of their main activities is lying in wait for any passing stranger, and then throwing themselves on him like drunken Maenads. The rest of the time they drift about in a kind of sated, melancholy calm, spied upon by an old man in the house opposite, who watches their goings-on through a telescope. As they hang paper lanterns and prepare for the ball in their own honor, and in honor of the little boys rolling hoops on the lawn, much is mysterious: one reviewer wrote of the book’s “deceptively simple words and phrasing, the transparency of which works like a mirror reflecting back on the reader.”

Written with the elegance of old French fables, the dark sensuality of Djuna Barnes and the subtle comedy of Robert Walser, this semi-deranged erotic fairy tale introduces American readers to the marvelous Anne Serre.
 

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Paperback Editions

April 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Governesses
Author(s): Anne Serre
ISBN: 0-9930093-9-5 / 978-0-9930093-9-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Les Fugitives
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October 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Governesses
Author(s): Anne Serre
ISBN: 0-8112-2807-X / 978-0-8112-2807-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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Kindle Editions

October 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Governesses
Author(s): Anne Serre
Publisher: New Directions
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