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Nothing holds back the night - Delphine de Vigan

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Title
Nothing holds back the night
Author
Delphine de Vigan
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Bloomsbury
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20140731

In this moving autobiographical novel, the narrator's mother, Lucile,
raises her two daughters largely alone. A former child model from a
large Bohemian family, Lucile is younger and more glamorous than the
other mothers: always in lipstick and stylishly dressed, wayward and
wonderful. But as the years pass her occasional sadness gives way to
overwhelming despair and delusion.
This is a story of
luminous beauty and rambunctious joy, of dark secrets and silences,
revelations and, ultimately, the unknowability of even those closest to
us. And in the face of the unknowable, personal history becomes fiction.
Nothing Holds Back the Night is universally recognisable and singularly heartbreaking.

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Delphine de Vigan is French and lives in Paris. She has published several novels for adults. No and Me was awarded the Prix des Libraires 2008 (The Booksellers' Prize) in France.

An unsettling and raw monologue, even more so because of the cool control de Vigan sustains ... The only way to read this book is to stop, put it down, gasp, absorb the horrors and then read on. Shortlisted for eight major literary awards in France, it won two, and it is easy to see why. It is an overpowering work, almost impossible to assess because of the extreme behaviour described ... [will] leave a reader shaken and affected. How many books can do that?
Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

Delphine de Vigan is a sensation
Observer

Thrilling, tender ... A genuinely shocking, incandescent read
Janice Galloway, Scotland on Sunday

Compassionate and powerful, as well as painful and shocking ... The luminous accuracy of the prose reminds me of Colette ... the Poirier family - parents and children - appear in a kind of Renoir sunlight, overflowing with life and vibrant personalities, almost enough to conceal the lurking darkness
Ursula Le Guin, Guardian

Absolutely stunning. This remarkable book is not a memoir, a biography, an analysis or a novel: it is all these and more. It is about the struggle to weave sense out of mutinous threads, how silence breeds crisis, how we are made and unmade. "Gauging the extent of the mystery" that was her mother, de Vigan strips the psychodrama of family ties - the basis of every human life - to the bone
Janice Galloway

De Vigan never spares her own self-absorption in her repellently irresistible investigation of a life that amounted to symphonic self-destruction yet achieved a bizarre and compelling heroism
Eileen Battersby, Irish Times Books of the Year

Type
BOOK
Edition
1st paperback ed
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
342

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