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Astragal by [Albertine Sarrazin, Patti Smith, Patsy Southgate]

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You can take the girl out of prison, but you can't take prison out of the girl. Anne, the nineteen-year-old narrator of Albertine Sarrazin's Astragal has liberated herself from "prison school" by jumping off a thirty-foot wall. Landing, she breaks her left ankle, but this injury may be less grievous than the lingering effects of her incarceration. She has a disturbing awareness that even now, on the outside, she is a creature of the institution. Eventually, her ankle having partially healed, Anne begins working as a prostitute and living on her own in a series of hotels. But her life still consists of waiting (for her boyfriend, for customers) and hiding (from the cops). Her agency, cramped by life both in and out of prison, is forced to reside in her impetuousness, her salutary arrogance, and, most significantly, in the way she frames her own experience—that is, in the prose we're reading, which is hard-boiled, funny, sometimes gross, oscillating between indolence and intensity, riddled with ellipses and exclamation points. It is wayward, hard to pin down; it can't be forced to behave. —Elizabeth Schambelan --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Albertine Sarrazin (1937–1967) was a French-Algerian writer. At an early age she abandoned her studies and turned to a life of crime and prostitution. She wrote her first two novels in prison and died at twenty-nine.

Patsy Southgate (1928–1998) was an integral figure of both the 1950s Parisian literary scene and the New York School.

Patti Smith is a poet, performer, visual artist, and author of the National Book Award-winning memoir Just Kids. She has twelve albums, has had numerous gallery shows, and continues to give concerts of her music and poetry. Her books include Early Work, The Coral Sea,Witt, Babel, Auguries of Innocence, Woolgathering, Land 250, Trois, and many others. She lives in New York. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00A58VF74
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ New Directions; Reprint edition (April 26, 2013)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 26, 2013
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 418 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 209 pages
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