Submission: A Novel

Front Cover
Simon and Schuster, 2005 - Fiction - 245 pages
8 Reviews
You'll want to scream, but you'll be gagged. You'll want to cry, but you'll be blindfolded. You'll want to run away, but you'll be tied up. You'll have no way of begging me, I'll do what I want with you.

Now American readers can be riveted by the controversial novel that, according to "The Sunday Times" (London), "sent tremours through the French establishment." Sexual obsession, domination, and extreme desire drive the story of Elodie, a young married Parisian lawyer who finds herself swept up in a cycle of sadomasochistic lust.

A handsome stranger she meets in court issues her a series of instructions that she feels compelled to follow. He introduces her to sex clubs hidden in dark alleys, toys that enhance physical pleasure as well as pain, and couples whose appetites are as voracious as his. What at first seems out of character for Elodie quickly begins to shape her self-identity. As the violence of their encounters escalates, these acts become a dangerous addiction she can't break. But how far can she go and how much of her life will she risk in the process?

Based on the author's own experience, this sophisticated and captivating novel exudes the sensuality that only the French know how to deliver.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: Submission

User Review  - Christina Cici-lee - Goodreads

One of my favorite books of all time that I will never forget. A woman is so obsessed with the attention this man gives her that she becomes submissive to every little dirty naughty thing he says. He ... Read full review

Review: Submission

User Review  - Lexi - Goodreads

Though an awful, untrue representation of a BDSM relationship, and though the characters are somewhat despicable and not at all realistic, as well as the narrator/main character being a horrendous ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

Marthe Blau is an attractive, thirty-something lawyer who lives in Paris with her husband and child. This is her first novel.

Translator from the Italian of fiction and non-fiction

Bibliographic information