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My Phantom Husband

by Marie Darrieussecq

Modern and Contemporary Fiction

My Phantom Husband Synopsis

What would you think if your husband, one day, with no word of explanation or warning, vanished? When would you begin to panic - the first hour, the first night?

A deceptively simple story about a deserted woman, My Phantom Husbandis Marie Darrieussecq's eerie follow-up to Pig Tales, showing her to be a writer of great subtlety and depth. When her husband goes to buy fresh bread and never returns, the young narrator's life changes for ever. Night after night she has to learn to be alone, to sleep alone, to live in a space she has shared with a man for seven years. Yet who was he, her husband, and did they really have much in common? Why can't she remember her love for him - or even what he looked like? Dragged into a world of visions, she is besieged by childhood terrors - monsters behind the furniture, vampires floating around in the dark, strangers walking in other rooms. She begins to see her husband, or an apparition of him. Is he a supernatural visitation or the product of madness - or a figment of her guilty conscience? My Phantom Husband is a profoundly unsettling parable about the way love appears and disappears, about the absences and evasions that can lie hidden in any relationship.

My Phantom Husband Press Reviews

'A work of absolute genius and, quite simply, the best book I have ever read for The Bookseller.' Rob Cassy, The Bookseller

'After the grotesque comedy of Pig Tales, Darrieussecq has taken a step further, refined her talent, and produced one of the best books of the year.' Alex Clark, Guardian

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ISBN: 9780571203369
Publication date: 03/07/2000
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571203369
Publication date: 3rd July 2000
Author: Marie Darrieussecq
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 160 pages
Genres: Modern and Contemporary Fiction,
Collections: 40+ Quirky Novels - a little different and totally fabulous.,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Marie Darrieussecq

Marie Darrieussecq was born in 1969 in Bayonne, France. She is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. Her debut novel, Pig Tales (1996), was published in 34 countries and became the most popular first novel in France since the 1950s. Her second novel, My Phantom Husband (1998), became an immediate bestseller. Her third novel, Breathing Underwater, prompted Francis Gilbert in The Times to declare that 'there are very few writers who may have changed my perception of the world, but Darrieussecq is one of them'. Her fourth novel, A Brief Stay with the Living, is published in June 2003.

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