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"Now finally the last first generation feminist book."—Kate Millett, author of Sexual Politics

"Frank, no-nonsense reflections by the French novelist about her gradual road to feminism through World War II, three husbands and the embrace of the writing life...A cleareyed memoir by a writer resolved to claim her 'place on the battlefield of feminism.'"—Kirkus

"[Groult] endears herself to readers through profound insights and a generous sense of humor; her honest and occasionally bawdy style is a major plus....this book embodies what an autobiography should be: a careful selection of memories, anecdotes, and observations that gives the feeling of having conversed with a wonderful and memorable person."—Publishers Weekly

"My Escape is written in a way that reveals the author's voice, the author's mind. It is written in a style that is intelligent and thoughtful, warm and humorous, both thought provoking and touching...My Escape is utterly accessible and reveals a woman who has lived a life that stretches beyond the world of Academia...a gem of a book, written by a woman who is an example to all of us...she is real, working tirelessly for the cause of Feminism whilst living and loving, doubting and struggling. She is a woman of passion and commitment and a woman I would love to meet."—Seattle Pi

"Her feminism is the feminism of every woman...She does not approach feminism from a dry academic position, but from the vibrant stance of a woman who has lived life to the full and who has fought for equal rights whilst being a mother, a wife, a grandmother and a professional writer."—BC Books

About the Author

Benoîte Groult was born in Paris in 1920. She is a renowned and best-selling French novelist, essayist, and a founder of modern feminism. She has been a member of the jury of the Prix Femina since 1982, and in 2010 was promoted to the rank of Commandeur de la Légion d’honneur. Her autobiography My Escape is an international best seller, selling hundreds of thousands of copies in Holland and more than a million
copies in Germany.
Nichole Gleisner received her PhD in French literature from Duke University in 2011.
She has published on the poet Guillaume Apollinaire, and this is her first translation for Other Press. She currently lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Other Press (October 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590515439
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590515433
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,651,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tadhg Dooley on January 25, 2013
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This book is written (and, thankfully, translated) in such an approachable manner that you can't help but come away liking the author, even if you don't find yourself nodding in agreement at everything she says. It really feels like you're sitting across the table from a wise old soul at a sidewalk cafe in the south of France. A pleasure to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca K. Borne on January 29, 2013
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This autobiography covers such a wide range of aspects of this woman's fascinating life -- her sweet childhood relationship with her father, a bittersweet fishing adventure in Ireland so many decades later, and the many experiences in between, both personal and professional, that tell the story of her evolution as an individual, a woman, a feminist. There are passages throughout that have stayed with me and that I expect will for a long time -- because they are stunningly beautiful (descriptions of the coast of Ireland and her memories there as a child), or stomach-punching sad (her reading what her mother had written about her in her journal), or honest (her descriptions of how her body felt as she aged), or amusing (her struggling, as so many of us have, to balance playing with the children and getting her darn work project done!). It seems the translation was able to preserve the author's voice and her humor while creating an English version that felt both rich and accessible. I really enjoyed it.
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