Saturday, April 1, 2023

Rachel Cusk, the Brexit refugee

An apartment in the Marais. On the top floor of an old building, works of art, a large wooden table, lots of light. And, seated on a large sofa, an elegant woman. After living on a lonely coast in the UK, Rachel Cusk moved with her artist husband to Paris. But his passport has long been accustomed to major moves. Born in Canada, settled in Los Angeles then in England, at the age of 9. She is today a “Brexit refugee”.

“What has happened in my country since this referendum is so shocking. It was as if our whole existence had been dismantled, it was very depressing. I knew a few people in Paris, but not many. It was like diving off the top of the cliff, really. »“Memory is not immune to change”, by Rachel Cusk

Rachel Cusk has revolutionized self-literature without making a fuss of it, without claiming autofiction or these new literary genres. She is sensitive, she says, to « this writing which recounts the experience of those who have not found their place in the public space, or who are not legitimized in the field of culture”. She talks about “this particular current of French literature” who “does not exist in the culture from which [elle] alone[t]. Writing always returns to its point of origin and, for English culture, it is definitely the Victorian novel. » She started writing young, publishing her first

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