Astragal by Albertine Sarrazin

By Albertine Sarrazin

As alive as a Godard motion picture, this misplaced vintage of ’60s French literature is back

As if the reader have been driving shotgun, this intensely vibrant novel captures a lifestyles at the lam. “L’astragale” is the French note for the ankle bone Albertine Sarrazin’s heroine Anne breaks as she leaps from her detention center mobile to freedom. As she drags herself down the line, clear of the legal partitions, she is rescued through Julien, himself a small-time felony, who retains her hidden. They fall in love. worry of seize, stories of her felony mobilephone, claustrophobia in her hideaways: each element is fiercely felt.

Astragal burst onto the French literary scene in 1965; its fiery and vivacious sort used to be completely new, and Sarrazin grew to become a star in a single day. yet as destiny might have it, Sarrazin herself saved working into difficulty with the legislation, while she grew to become a star. 

She died from a botched surgical procedure on the peak of her popularity. Sarrazin’s lifestyles and paintings (her novels are semi-autobiographical) were the topic of extreme fascination in France; a brand new variation of Astragal is presently being filmed. Patti Smith, who introduced Astragal to the eye of recent instructions, contributes an enthusiastic creation to 1 of her favourite writers.  

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A estrada, ladeando penedias, vencia custosamente a primeira encosta, depois do que se embrenharia nas montanhas de Samaria, pelo lado do poente, ao longo dos espinhaços áridos por trás dos quais, descaindo para o Jordão e arrastando na direcção do sul a sua rasoira ardente, o deserto de Judeia queimava e requeimava a antiquíssima cicatriz duma terra que, havendo sido prometida a uns tantos, nunca viria a saber a quem entregar-se. Espera, disse Simeão, e o carpinteiro obedecera, agora inquieto, temeroso sem saber de quê.

Dali foram todos como condenados à procura do ancião, que afinal estava no campo e não voltaria tão cedo, esta foi a resposta que deram a José. Então o carpinteiro encheu-se de coragem e em voz alta perguntou se naquela casa, ou noutra, Se me estão a ouvir, alguém quereria, em nome do Deus que tudo vê, dar guarida a sua mulher, que está para ter um filho, decerto haverá por aí um canto recolhido, que esteiras trazia-as ele, E também onde é que poderei encontrar nesta aldeia uma aparadeira para ajudar ao parto, o pobre José dizia envergonhado estas coisas enormes e íntimas, ainda com mais vergonha por sentir-se corar ao dizê-las.

Aproximou-se pois dele e disse, em tom de comedimento, Venho pedir-te desculpa, se te pareci insolente e enfatuado ontem à noite, nunca foi minha intenção faltar-te ao respeito, mas sabes como são as coisas, palavra traz palavra, as boas puxam as más, e acabamos sempre por dizer mais do que queriamos. Simeão ouviu, ouviu, de cabeça baixa, e finalmente respondeu, Estás desculpado. Em troca do seu generoso movimento, era natural que José esperasse uma resposta mais benévola do teimoso velho, e, ainda com a esperança de ouvir palavras que cria merecer, caminhou ao lado dele durante um bom bocado de tempo e de caminho.

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