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Everyday Life by Lydie Salvayre
Book DescriptionThe hiring of a new secretary shouldn't be a big deal--just a slight a change in the office environment. But for the protagonist of this novel, it is a declaration of war, a call to arms: "The new secretary has only been here two days," she says, "and I'm already talking about evil, a word I shouldn't even be using--arming myself for battle and choosing my weapons." Her quiet life of sacrifice and service has been rudely disrupted by the new hire, and she is not--despite the advice of her doctor, her neighbors, and her daughter--about to leave it at that. Instead, sabotage, alcohol, and kindness become the arsenal in a conflict fought across copy rooms and office parties. But the humor is undercut by a sadness, a sense of defeat that makes this slim novel resonate with the injustice of our increasingly impersonal, corporate world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781564783493
(201mm x 127mm x 9mm)
Imprint: Dalkey Archive Press
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Lydie Salvayre
Cry Mother Spain, Hardback (June 2016)
A powerful account of the early days of the Spanish Civil War, seen through the eyes of a young girl.
Portrait of the Writer as a Domesticated Animal, Paperback (March 2010)
What happens when a writer throws herself into the service of one of the richest businessmen in the world? Will all the luxuries and corruption of the business world turn her into a complacent drone?
Company of Ghosts, Paperback (January 2006)» View all books by Lydie Salvayre
When a bailiff turns up, a teenager tries to salvage her mother, their dignity and the TV. In a narrative that lurches giddily between 1942 and 1997, the author picks at the sores of French history, exposing its authoritarianism. This book won the Prix Novembre in France.
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Author Biography - Lydie Salvayre
Lydie Salvayre is a French writer. Born in the south of France to Republican refugees from the Spanish Civil War, she went on to study medicine in Toulouse and continues to work as a practicing psychiatrist.
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