Ingrid Caven
Ingrid Caven
A Novel
Translated by Michael Pye

  • Winner of the Prix Goncourt 2000

A novel about the life of German cabaret singer and film actress Ingrid Caven, who was once director Rainer Werner Fassbinder's star, and his wife, muse to Yves Saint Laurent, and a protege of Pierre Berge. Consisting of memories, mixing real and invented people and events, Ingrid Caven reveals the cold heart of the European counterculture of the 1970s, an era of celebrity glitz, cocaine-fueled excess, gay bathhouses, and young idealists-turned-terrorists.

"Adolf Hitler, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Yves Saint Laurent – German-born cabaret singer Ingrid Caven's life flowed around these icons of 20th century European counterculture.... a collage of that strange postwar period in Europe of high artifice, drugs, terrorism, leather jackets and cinema."—Los Angeles Times Book Review

"The novel... could be read as an intimate, literary dialogue between France and Germany. (Caven is German and Schuhl is French and Jewish.) That such a dialogue can be embodied in a single female character as seen through the eyes of her lover is a testament to Schuhl's originality and narrative imagination."—Speakeasy

"A semifictional 2000 Prix Goncourt winner about the vagaries of 1970s European counterculture. . . . Schuhl's staccato yet contemplative prose (transl from the French by Michael Pye) illuminates celebrity excesses against a decadent and violent world backdrop."—Publishers Weekly

"[Ingrid Caven in]. . . her many metamorphoses: a bohemian Madame Bovary, a redheaded noir vamp, an aristocrat in a boa, a singing sleepwalker."—Frédéric Bonnaud, Les Inrockuptibles

"Magnificent and violent, strange and disquieting. Provocative and harshly moving."—Josyane Savigneau, Le Monde Livres

Title Ingrid Caven
Subtitle A Novel
Translated by Michael Pye
Prize Winner of the Prix Goncourt 2000
Publisher City Lights Publishers
BISAC Subject Heading FIC000000 FICTION
Title First Published 01 June 2004
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 250 p.
ISBN-10 0872864278
ISBN-13 9780872864276
Publication Date 01 June 2004
Main content page count 250
Dimensions 5 x 8 in.
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $13.95

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