Mad in Pursuit

Violette Leduc (1907-1972)
Mad in Pursuit
Translated from the French by Derek Coltman
New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1971

French novelist Violette Leduc authored two massive
memoirs, La Bâtarde and La Folie en tête or Mad in
Pursuit. While La Bâtarde is the more well-known,
Mad in Pursuit is my favorite. It’s the frenzied account
of Leduc’s time working alongside writers such as Simone
de Beauvoir, Camus, and Genet in postwar France, while
constantly battling stifling self-doubt.

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