King Kong Theory

Translator: Stéphanie Benson
Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Non-Fiction, Politics & Current Affairs

King Kong Theory

Virginie Despentes

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9781847651709 (9 Jul 2010)
£8.99

About the book

King Kong Theory is Despentes' candid account of how she became notorious: reviled and admired in equal measure for her rape-revenge novel turned film, Baise-Moi, she is the poster girl for modern female rebellion. Powerful, provocative and personal, King Kong Theory describes the ways her ideas have been shaped by her experiences of rape, prostitution and working in the porn industry. Feminist theory sheds its fusty image and takes on a punk mentality as Despentes claims that sisterhood explodes our belief in feminine perfection and creates a space for all those who can't or won't obey the rules. Woolf and de Beauvoir are revived and updated by the loudest, most fiercely unapologetic misfit writing in France today.

About the author

Virginie Despentes was born in Paris in 1969, where she still lives. Her previous books include Les Jolie Choses, Teen Spirit and Bye Bye Blondie. She co-directed a screen adaptation of her controversial novel, Baise-Moi in 2002.

Reviews

Despentes argues compellingly about women's guilt, men's power and the way that both are still abused three decades after the supposed triumph of feminism.

- Katy Guest, The Independent

A gloriously aggressive and fearless writer...

- Lisa Hilton, TLS

A manifestio ... part memoir, part political pamphlet, it is a furious condemnation of the "servility" of enforced femininity and was a bestseller in France - the title refers to her contention that she is "more King Kong than Kate Moss".

- Elizabeth Day, Observer

King Kong Theory is a free-ranging feminist manifesto ... her writing has an undeniable edge and urgency

- Lesley McDowell, Independent on Sunday

Additional Information

Translator: Stéphanie Benson
Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Non-Fiction, Politics & Current Affairs

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