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Phantom Life. [Vie fantôme. English] by   translator]  1940-  [Lydia Davis - First Edition - 1989 - from Joseph Valles - Books and Biblio.co.uk

Phantom Life. [Vie fantôme. English]

by Sallenave, Danièle, 1940- [Lydia Davis, translator]

Condition: Fine


New York : Pantheon Books ; Random House, Inc., c1989., 1989. Fine. 1st American ed. ; 245 pp. ; ISBN: 0394564537 :; 9780394564531 LCCN: 88-43203 ; OCLC: 18835278 ; "Pierre is a teacher, married for ten years, the father of two children, not so much trapped by his wife as happily enmeshed in the routine of his household; his affair with 25-year-old Laure--a single librarian--adds spice, freedom, and danger to his life. But Laure realizes that what is freedom for Pierre is constraint for her and struggles with conflicting feelings: pity and condescension toward people who march lock-step into marriage versus her longing for ordinary family life. Her self-esteem demands that she distinguish her ""understanding"" with Pierre from the adulterous ""affairs"" that other people engage in, though she realizes t hat she is playing out every cliche about love with a married man: she is condemned to live a phantom life waiting for him to phone, being unable to call him at home; spending most of their time in bed since they cannot be seen in public; dealing with separations over holidays and family-oriented vacation times; suffering from curiosity and jealousy over his life ""at home."" "--Kirkus reports ; dust jacket back flap has tear ; slight soiling to fore edge, else FINE/G
  • Bookseller: Joseph Valles - Books US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 619
  • Title: Phantom Life. [Vie fantôme. English]
  • Author: Sallenave, Danièle, 1940- [Lydia Davis, translator]
  • Book condition: Used - Fine
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books ; Random House, Inc., c1989.
  • Date published: 1989
  • Keywords: adultery library france librarians saint-saturnin-sur-leuvron afternoon already Annie Annie's anyway arbor vitae Aristaeus arms asked Laure bathroom beautiful bedroom better body breath brother Bruno cafe chaise longue closed cold cool spot dinner door ev
  • Bookseller catalogs: Catalog 59 - Fiction;
  • Subjects: FICTION / General;

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