Les Guérillères has ratings and 55 reviews. Mala said: They say henceforward what they are is not subject to compromise. They say they must now stop. Les Guérillères. By Monique Wittig. Translated from the French by David Le Vay. Originally published by Les Editions de Minuit, In English by Beacon. Les Guérillères by Monique Wittig is an otherworldly story of an apocalyptic war between men and women. Wittig writes in French, from a.

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It is a brilliant, gorgeous book that not enough people know about. I wish I could read it without stumbling through with a French dictionary in hand. Same style and format as The Lesbian Body. They say, you will never be numerous enough to spit on their phallus, you will never be sufficiently determined to stop speaking their language, moique burn their currency their effigies their works of art their symbols. Stylistically, this really reminded me of Jeanette Winterson’s writing, though published long before her.

I had tons of highlighting on fierce moments, and enjoyed reading it as it happened. Perhaps I am idealistic, but I like to believe that it will not take an apocalyptic war to create an equal and free society. No trivia or quizzes yet.

On the other hand if you abandon any conventions wtitig expectations of genre and consider the book only in its own light, it comes across much better. I have absolutely no idea what just happened.

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What belongs to you on this earth? Return to Book Page. This certainly seems to be an impossibility since materialism and subjectivity have always been mutually exclusive.

Feb 21, Ella rated it really liked it. A definite radical feminist classic worth reading and re-reading. Then the women get angry saying that an antithesis is indeed involved and why has it not been supressed, retaining the first part of the phrase which alone has any meaning. She says women should fit in to the universality of human experience. They say, you are far from possessing the pride of those wild birds who refuse to hatch their eggs when they have been imprisoned.


This is a radical book about the power of women, their bodies, language, symbols and circles. This is the kind of book Tarantino would’ve turned into a smashing movie: The teams consist of seventy-five persons each, arranged on either side of the midline of the parad Monique Wittig writes: This is also the best baby name book ever written, I’d change my name to Anemone Flavien posthaste, but I actually quite like the one I’ve got.

The plot is female rage and barbarism, distrust of the symbolic order, glittering images of the wild planet, flowers and bloodshed, ending with a ray of communist hope.

This real necessity for everyone to exist as an individual, as well as a member of a class, is perhaps the first condition for the accomplishment of qittig revolution, without which there can be no real fight or transformation. Sometimes a little Either this hadn’t been translated yet when I was in college or it was really hard to find, but I was stuck reading it in French.

Though the book makes the reader think and ask questions, it also feels like it is leading the reader to specific thoughts and questions instead of allowing the reader to come to her own conclusions.

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I am certain they will pay us out a hundredfold, that they will make us stay all day momique the distaff the shuttle and the spinning-wheel, that they will send us to wash dishes in the kitchen. Some of the vignettes tell stories of specific people living in the society, some of them tell of the goddesses that the society worship, some tell of the collective history which seems to point to a gueriilleres much like present day and some tell of specific points in the war between the sexes.

Form and Format in Fiction: Les Guérillères by Monique Wittig

Before you pick it up, here’s some tips that prepared me for reading: I love creative formatting used within prose narratives, so these interludes were exciting. An extraordinary leap of the imagination into the politics of oppression and revolt. Aug 23, Shelley rated it really liked it Shelves: Moniqu me of new comments via email. The women say that they could not eat hare veal or fowl, they say that they could not eat animals, but man, yes, they may.

They say, yes, there are the same domineering oppressors, the same masters who have said that negroes and women do not have a heart spleen liver in the same place as their own, that difference of sex difference of colour signify inferiority, their own right to domination and appropriation.

Wittig’s book is inextricably linked with her feminist theory but can also be enjoyed as experimental fiction. Beauman considered it a miraculous achievement: