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Grove Press, 2002 - Fiction - 244 pages
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Baise-Moi is one of the most controversial French novels of recent years, a punk fantasy that takes female rage to its outer limits. Now the basis for a hit underground film which was banned in France, Baise-Moi is a searing story of two women on a rampage that is part Thelma and Louise, part Viking conquest. Manu and Nadine have had all they can take. Manu has been brutally raped, and determines it's not worth leaving anything precious lying vulnerable -- including her very self. She teams up with Nadine, a nihilist who watches pornography incessantly, and they enact their own version of les vols et les viols (rape and pillage) -- they lure men sexually, use them up, then rob and kill them. Drawing from the spiky cadences of the Sex Pistols and the murderous eroticism of Georges Bataille or Dennis Cooper, Baise-Moi is a shocking, accomplished, and truly unforgettable novel.

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User Review  - GlennBell - LibraryThing

This is an unusual book in that the main characters are both ruthless murderers. The two women are about as degenerate as conceivable. The end result is that you are not left with a sense of loss when ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kurtisdarby - LibraryThing

The sex and violence were definitely a major component of this novel, but the title and back flap made that obvious before reading. There’s a good part of the middle when the author really seems to be ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Virginie Despentes, born in 1969, is a French writer and filmmaker. She is best known for co-directing the 2002 Baise-moi, the controversial rape/revenge film depicting a graphic mix of violence and real sex and based on her novel of the same name. She has written eight books of fiction or memoir.

Novelist, translator, and essayist Bruce Benderson is the author of a memoir, "The Romanian: Story of an Obsession", winner of France's prestigious Prix de Flore in French translation, and "Pacific Agony" (Semiotext(e), 2009.)

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