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Author: Philippe Sollers
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0704327910
It’s a woman’s world. Only women exist...there they are-marvellous, uncompromising, blazing…Real woman at last…The magnificent destroyers, issuing from the internal feminine…Guardians of the enigma…
Womann-World Organization for Male Annihilation and a new Natality-is an extreme feminist league, dedicated to the total destruction of the Judeo-Christian patriarchal tradition and the establishment of a matriarchal regime in the charge of a genetic revolution and the reeducation of men. As will works on his novel, he is besieged by Woman’s roving special agents who bewitch him with sex while they probe whether his writing will be a threat to Womann: Cyd, an exuberant English TV and film journalist; the Spanish anarchist Flora; the cool, elusive, exquisite Asia from China.
Anybody out for a good time should read Philippe Sollers. He’s an intellectual clown-urbane, bestial, candid, effervescent, an irrepressible ejaculator of farcical wisdom, a master of good-natured malice, a kind of happy, lively, benign Celine Philip Roth.
Experimental, a stylistic oddity…infectiously high-spirited at times.
-London Review of Books
Sollers…has written here what is on the surface a conventional roman a clef- Barthes, Lacan, Foucault and others roam its edges but what is at a deeper level an unforgiving portrait of European culture…Bray’s translation makes brilliant accommodation to both the lyrical swing and the hard poetry of Sollers imagination.
In some ways it reminds me of Simone de Beauvoir’s Les Mandarins…Women is a book that should be read by all those interested in the contemporary scene as well as those who might be troubled by Bataille’s notion of eroticism as the sanctioning of life unto death.
-World Literature Today