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Marie de Gournay was eighteen when she read, and was overwhelmed by, the essays of the French philosopher Montaigne. She had to be revived with hellebore. When she finally met Montaigne, she stabbed herself with a hairpin until the blood ran in order to show her devotion. He made her his adopted daughter for the two months they knew each other. He died four years later, after which, though scorned by intellectuals, she became his editor. Jenny Diski engages with this passionate and confused relationship between 'father and daughter', old writer/young acolyte, possible lovers, using both their voices. Much of their story is about absence of the people they love. In Jenny Diski's hands it becomes a fascinating tale.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781844083855
ISBN-10: 1844083853
Format: Hardback
(198mm x 126mm x mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 6-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jenny Diski

Jenny Diski is the author of nine novels including ONLY HUMAN and three memoirs: SKATING TO ANTARTICA, STRANGER ON A TRAIN and ON TRYING TO KEEP STILL. She lives in Cambridge.

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