Translator: Helen Stevenson
Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Biography & Memoir, Non-Fiction


The Other Life of Catherine M

Catherine Millet

From the author of the huge bestseller The Sexual Life of Catherine M.

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9781847652997 (6 Aug 2010)

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'.

About the author

Born in 1948 in Bois Colombes, Catherine Millet is a French art critic, curator, and founder and editor of the prestigious magazine Art Press. She is best known as the author of the 2002 memoir The Sexual Life of Catherine M. which was translated into forty languages and sold millions of copies. She lives in Paris with the poet and novelist Jacques Henric.


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

- Le Nouvel Observateur

Seldom has any writer since Proust written in such a fine, profound and clever way on jealousy

- Les Inrockuptibles

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

- Le Monde

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

- Têtu

It is like a conceptual work of art: if the first book was the performance, then the second one is its commentary

- Libération

Additional Information

Translator: Helen Stevenson
Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Biography & Memoir, Non-Fiction

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