The Paris Trilogy
“This is valuable writing. It has immense vitality. You will encounter a female narrator whose direct and bright-eyed stare at the world, and her self, is without shame or faux modesty. At the same time, it is also a deep study of existence, at various ages and stages in life.”
— Deborah Levy
“Swimming is a dreamy, bruised, and carnal book that pretty much no American would write and pretty much every American will thrill to read. Schneck’s “discovery of her body, at the age of fifty” is our encounter with an entrancing mind.”
— Lauren Collins
The Paris Trilogy is three semi-autobiographical takes on a woman’s life, starting with Seventeen, progressing with Friendship, and then Swimming: A Love Story. Exploring questions of sexuality, bodily autonomy, femininity, friendship and loss, The Paris Trilogy is a moving meditation on a lifelong journey to reclaim the female body, accepting it for all its faults and learning to celebrate its strength.
In this volume the author has united all three stories. Exploring questions of sexuality, bodily autonomy and femininity, The Paris Trilogy is a moving meditation on a lifelong journey to reclaim the female body, accepting it for all its faults and learning to celebrate its strength.
The Paris Trilogy is translated into English by award-winning author and translator Lauren Elkin.
“Schneck’s keen social observations, wry sense of humor, and subtle way with loss and emotional devastation… bears an eerie resemblence to Simone de Beauvoir.”— Lauren Elkin
“A text as concise as it is relatable. Not without self-mockery, it traces the course of a heartbreak, and the search for a form of inner freedom.” — Le Monde
“Charming, perceptive and universal.” — Madame Figaro
“With delicacy and sensuality, Colombe Schneck plunges us into this love story – her lyricism has an unusual charm.” — Version Fémina
“A beautiful tale of heartbreak. Moving and brilliantly observed, there is something sociologically fascinating in this little novel about a failed love affair.” — Les Inrocks
“Here we have, in just 100 pages, the music of life. It’s concise as a melody by Anton Webern, tender as an Impromptu by Franz Schubert, and it has a freshness of tone, straight out of a Prelude by Oliver Messiaen.” — Le Figaro Littéraire