Nadja Spiegelman is the author of the memoir I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This, as well as three children’s books, including Lost in NYC. She is the Editor of The Paris Review online.
 (April 2020)

IN THE REVIEW

As Clean as Rage

Virginie Despentes, 2014

Vernon Subutex 1

by Virginie Despentes, translated from the French by Frank Wynne
Underlying all of Virginie Despentes’s work is the concept of rape. It is the omnipresent possibility through which everything is refracted. There’s a war going on, her books insist, not so much between men and women as on men and women, waged through the constructs of gender. Masculinity, for Despentes, is the artillery that tears our bodies apart, while femininity is the drug of mass indoctrination.