The Collection (Paperback)

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I’ve never read another novel like The Collection. The protagonist is filing away mental images of the anonymous sex she is having, and the sex is divorced from any opposing gaze or truly even a presence beyond, well, what the cover suggests, fully centering the female protagonist’s urges and desires in this very wild way. Wow. What an experiment.

— From Stephanie



Jeanne moves from room to room. In the anonymous hotel bedrooms of Paris - Hotel Agate, Hotel Prince Albert, Hotel Prince Monceau, Hotel Coypel, Hotel Nord & Champagne - she undresses man after man, forgetting faces, names, pleasures, thoughts, and all physical attributes but one. In her head, a palace of memories is being built, image by new image, lover by new lover.

There is no pathologizing Jeanne; she resists it. There is no way to impose a story on Jeanne; she escapes it. There is no pitying Jeanne, no lusting after Jeanne, no uncovering the secret to Jeanne; she won't allow it. Jeanne moves from room to room.

About the Author

Nina Leger was born in 1988 in Antibes. Her first novel, Histoire naturelle, was published in 2014. Mise en pi�ces (published in English as The Collection), her second novel, won the Ana�s Nin Prize.Laura Francis was born in Bristol in 1992. She studied in St. Andrews, Paris and London, where she now lives. This is her first translation.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781846276866
ISBN-10: 1846276861
Publisher: Granta Books
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2019
Pages: 160
Language: English