A daring novel that made Christine Angot one of the most acclaimed and controversial authors in contemporary France, Incest is a virtuosic performance of a woman’s psychoanalytic journey inward. Tess Lewis’s forceful translation captures the boldness of Angot’s vision.
The narrator is falling out from a torrential relationship with another woman. Delirious with love, loss and yearning, her thoughts become increasingly cyclical and wild as the trauma underlying her pain and fractured sense of self resurfaces. With the naked intimacy of confession, and with bracing honesty, the narrator lays bare her experiences of a tangled web of desire, paranoia, and incest.