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    DescriptionAs if the reader were riding shotgun, this intensely vivid novel captures a life on the lam. L astragale is the French word for the ankle bone Albertine Sarrazin s heroine Anne breaks as she leaps from her jail cell to freedom. As she drags herself down the road, away from the prison walls, she is rescued by Julien, himself a small-time criminal, who keeps her hidden. They fall in love. Fear of capture, memories of her prison cell, claustrophobia in her hideaways: every detail is fiercely felt. Astragal burst onto the French literary scene in 1965; its fiery and vivacious style was entirely new, and Sarrazin became a celebrity overnight. But as fate would have it, Sarrazin herself kept running into trouble with the law, even as she became a star. She died from a botched surgery at the height of her fame. Sarrazin s life and work (her novels are semi-autobiographical) have been the subject of intense fascination in France; a new adaptation of Astragal is currently being filmed. Patti Smith, who brought Astragal to the attention of New Directions, contributes an enthusiastic introduction to one of her favorite writers. "


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    Title
    Astragal
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Albertine Sarrazin, By (author) Patsy Southgate, By (author) Patti Smith
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 186
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780811220736
    ISBN 10: 0811220737
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC21: 843.914
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET050
    Ingram Theme: CULT/FRANCE
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 17
    DC22: 843/.914
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    LC classification: PQ2679.A7 A813 2013
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    New Directions Publishing Corporation
    Imprint name
    New Directions Publishing Corporation
    Publication date
    02 July 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    Smith's essay and Sarrazin's crackling and incandescent prose make Astragal a gift, a memento of a decade that was both rough and radical, yet full of potential, and the testament of two astonishing lives, one real, one fictive, both self-invented and utterly extraordinary. "