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Sophie Marceau
BIOGRAPHY 
[excerpts] [sophie says about] [critics] [links]
 
 
 MENTEUSE
 

        The book "Menteuse" ("Liar"), a semi-autobio- graphical novel, is the first Sophie Marceau's book. It took a four years to write and published by editorship Stock in 1996 with 211 pages. REaders follow the progress of a young actress as she travels to Cannes and America, and as she reflects on her childhood. Book is now out of print and I have not seen it, but it is supposed to be available in France, maybe in some other European countries, too. You can win this book on the page Belles de Jour 2: Sophie Marceau.
 
 

 
     EXCERPTS
 
An excerpt in which Sophie's character describes her first experience of sex:
        "I made love too young. I had scarcely dared to look at this fragile body that was swelling out in mysterious curves and folds, still unaware of the substance from which it was formed, before it had already been violated."

        "To see yourself tossed about like a sack without feeling shame, to let yourself be mauled by rough hands that press into your flesh, which abuse it purposely for their own pleasure... desire becomes one with submission, you must humiliate or be humiliated, throw aside good manners and mutual respect, you must sweat, pant, moan and spread yourself wide open. Pleasure is dirty. Adults are unafraid to demean themselves - after all, they are already ugly."

        "The first time, I said nothing. Afterwards, I looked at myself naked, alone in the bathroom. I was bleeding. I said nothing to my mother, to anyone. It was my fault, it wasn't pleasant but we all have to grow up. No-one had said anything to me either, and I accepted the betrayal. Ready to be served up again, that's how I felt..."

        "I looked at my body in the mirror, stubborn in the silence. I didn't cry. I still think about it today. I have thought about it very often."
 

 
     SOPHIE SAYS ABOUT
 
Why did you choose the title "Menteuse"?
        "Because it's short and because it fits the character of  the novel... The book is a sort of statement on the questions that one asks at 20, but I didn't want to make grand assertions as if to say: "I know it all, I understand everything." That's why I chose "Liar", to lighten the tone a bit."

About their writer possibilities:
        "I don't know how to tell a story, but rather lots of little stories. I know how to observe things around me. I took four years to write this little thing."

It's very autobiographical.
        "More or less. I felt free to switch between truth and fiction. There are some totally fictional passages that I tell in the first person; other events have been completely altered. In fact, most of the things in the book never happened. Because I've chosen to say "I", people are going to believe that it's all true - but I never wanted to tell my life story. What a horrible thought!"
 
Are you afraid of the critics?
        "Yes, very much so. More than for a film, because I alone am responsible."
 

 
     CRITICS
 

        She's certainly a nice girl, Sophie Marceau, more natural and unaffected than the average, sometimes even a good actress (in Pialat's Police, for example). Unfortunately, our crazy times have led her to believe that anyone can write a book. So she said to herself: why not me? She hasn't read any contemporary French authors (she said so herself in Paris Match), but so what! It's enough to scribble down a few observations, without humour or style, and to tell your life story in the first person. If you're famous, there'll always be enough suckers to buy it. Doubtless, Sophie Marceau is unaware of the words of Gombrowicz: "Writing is very easy, that's why it's very difficult."

review in Elle Magazine
        Excuse me for being frank, but what you've done, my dear Sophie, is taken your readers for idiots, thumbed your nose at literature and insulted true writers. The people who advised you to publish this text are not your friends, because they have allowed you to make a fool of yourself. I get sick of reading stuff like: "Are we condemned to a life of troubles, or can one forget them, keeping only the salt and spray of the days that lie within us?" Next to you, Judith Godrèche is Proust!

        Sorry: one can't just become a writer overnight. Our two favourite Marceaus are still Félicien (the author of Creezy) and the mime (he, at least, said nothing).

        Quite good and interesting book, but sometimes difficult to understand.

sliver
 
Sophie's response, from an interview in Neon magazine:
        "Was I surprised? No, because I knew it was a good book. I was attacked almost always in women's magazines, although the writers were men. Some critics were encouraging... It's not that the French literary establishment is sexist - just no good."
 
     LINKS
Belles de Jour 2: Sophie Marceau - check this site for Menteuse.
 
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