About the book
After the pleasure comes the pain. The Sexual Life of Catherine M, Catherine Millet's analysis of the many forms and flavours of sexual pleasure, was internationally admired, and not just for its literary qualities. The audacity of a sex life well lived and thoroughly examined left readers wondering how she managed to pull it off while sustaining her relationship with life partner, writer Jacques Henric. 'I had love at home' she explained. 'I sought only pleasure in the world outside'.Then one day she discovered a letter lying about the apartment, from which it became clear that Jacques was involved elsewhere. Jealousy details the crisis provoked by this discovery and her reaction to it. If The Sexual Life of Catherine M seemed to disregard emotion, Jealousy is its radical complement: the paradoxical confession of a libertine, who succumbs to the 'timeless and universal malady'.
Written in a very beautiful style, which is clear elegant and subtle, thus reminding us sometimes of Les Liaisons Dangereuses and of the salon writers in the 18th century , Jealousy explores a universal and timeless disease in a very particular way
Seldom has any writer since Proust written in such a fine, profound and clever way on jealousy
Jealousy is a painful, stifling, deeply moving love story. It is not the dark counterpart of The Sexual Life but rather its continuation. With a flamboyant crudeness, a cold cruelty (aimed at herself), with astounding lucidity, Catherine Millet describes this loss of self-balance and the crushing of the body thrust against the walls
Her style, always extremely accurate, explores like an archaeologist the layers of anguish and pain, of consciousness and the unconscious, struggling in order to understand the unbearable feeling of being jealous
It is like a conceptual work of art: if the first book was the performance, then the second one is its commentary