Lettres et Poèmes. Albertine Sarrazin.

Lettres et Poèmes

Paris: Le Livre de Poche, 1971. Later printing. 12mo, publisher's sepia photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps.

Paperback reprint of the poetry and correspondence of outlaw French-Algerian writer Sarrazin (originally published 1967), written mostly to her husband from prison, which she was in and out of for much of her short life: "Moi flâneuse de cette foire/ Dont je sortais quand je voulais/Plus tard sous quelque manche noir/J'ai bien pleuré au clair palais." Her best-known book, the autobiographical novel L'Astragale (1964), depicts a life of prostitution and petty thievery. Patti Smith, in her introduction to a later English translation, describes the life-changing experience of discovering the novel in a Greenwich Village bookstore when she was 21 and spending her last dollar on it. Sarrazin died during kidney surgery when she was 29. With one black-and-white line drawing by Sarrazin. Text in French. Lower corner lightly banged, text embrowned. Near fine. Item #170


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