by Emma Becker
translated by Maxim Jakubowski
published by Constable, 2012
(from book cover)
Why do we do things we know are wrong?
Why does the allure of forbidden sex cloud our judgement?
Set against the murky landscape of Facebook, text messaging and a Paris hotel room, Monsieur charts the obsessive, all-consuming affair between a young student and her mysterious older lover. From their initial online encounter, through a shared appreciation of erotic literature, to the shocking break-up of their brief relationship, this explicit novel plunges the depths lust or love can drive us to.
There’s no hiding from the fact that this book firmly belongs amid the erotic fiction shelves but I find this offering from Emma Becker, originally published in French, to be superior to any of its contemporary English-language counterparts. It is explicit, both with physical and psychological detail, but its more graphic…
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