Patrick Autréaux

Pussyboy

March 4, 2021
Novel
128 pages
140 × 220 mm
14 €
9782378560881
978-2-3785-6088-1
																Patrick Autréaux, Pussyboy
																Patrick Autréaux, Pussyboy

“This book is as honest as it is imaginative—at last a sex memoir that explores religion, the history of painting, history itself!—and that finds in sex the connective tissue of all our experience.”
—Edmund White

Zakaria comes when he wants, and leaves when he wants. He is the unpredictable lover, but he brings something unique. Not quite love and not just sex. The one-night stand has gradually become an affair that hides but lasts. Until the religious ban and ghosts get involved. And the complicity becomes infected. What kind of relationship should be invented so as not to lose everything?
Under the triviality or mechanics of the sexual act, isn’t there a hidden river where everything rolls with revolting mysteries? Beyond the inevitable transports of love and frustrations, it is this unnoticed river that tries to find this tale that could be described as erotic.

Pussyboy is not a book about homosexual sexuality but about the confusion of identities in the experience of the body. It is also perhaps the trace of an imaginary that seeks the moment of its white square; that is to say, of what censors or cannot be represented, and whose body opens the unknown door in us. (PA)

The author

Patrick Autréaux was born in 1968.
While studying medicine and anthropology, he wrote poetry and contemporary art criticism. He collaborates on several catalogues of abstract geometric art collections (museums of Cambrai, Mâcon and Cateau-Cambrésis). He decides to stop his practice of emergency psychiatry in 2006.
After a triptych on the experience of illness, In the Valley of Tears (UIT Books), Soigner (Gallimard) and Se survivre (Verdier), he published a novel, Les irréguliers (Gallimard) and a work of theatre, Le grand vivant (Verdier), which premiered in 2015 at the Avignon Festival. Published in 2017, his story La voie écrite (Verdier) traces a path between medicine and literature. A stage adaptation of his story Le dedans des choses was premiered at La rose des vents (Villeneuve d’Asq) in October 2017.
He has been awarded the Villa Yourcenar (2011), the CNL (2010 and 2017), the Paris-Québec scholarship (2012), the Prix Amic de l’Académie française (2012), as well as the Fondation des Treilles author’s residency award (2015) and the Coupleux-Lassalle award (2016).
Author in residence at Boston University in 2018 and 2019, and visiting scholar at MIT in 2018, he created the seminar Through a writer’s eye.
With the publication of the American translation of In the Valley of Tears (UIT Books, 2019), Quand la parole attend la nuit (Verdier, 2019) inaugurates a new cycle in his work (selection for the December and Femina prizes).
He lives between Paris and Cambridge (MA, USA).
His next novel, Pussyboy, will be published in March 2021 by Verdier Editions.

March 4, 2021
Novel
128 pages
140 × 220 mm
14 €
9782378560881
978-2-3785-6088-1