Viva Virginie! Book Bundle

Viva Virginie! Book Bundle


King Kong Theory, Apocalypse Baby, Bye Bye Blondie, and Pretty Things in a limited-edition set with cover art by Molly Crabapple.

Add To Cart

The perfect gift for any Virginie fan, francophile, or fellow punkette.

Parul Sehgal on Despentes's work in the New York Times: "Despentes has become a kind of cult hero, a patron saint to invisible women: the monstrous and marginalized, the sodden, weary and wildly unemployable, the kind of woman who can scarcely be propped up let alone persuaded to lean in. 'I am not remotely ashamed of not being a hot sexy number but I am livid that — as a girl who doesn’t attract men — I am constantly made to feel as if I shouldn’t even be around,' she writes in KING KONG THEORY. 'We have always existed, and never spoken. Even today, when women publish lots of novels, you rarely get female characters that are unattractive or plain, unsuited to loving men or to being loved by them.' These are the very women she creates: Manu and Nadine, who cheerfully carve up rapists and bad tricks in BAISE-MOI; Gloria in BYE BYE BLONDIE, whose terrifying tantrums frighten away her lovers; Lucie and the Hyena in APOCALYPSE BABY, private investigators who spy on the wayward daughters of the rich. Her heroines are plain and very powerful; they are Roman candles, agents of chaos."