‘She dreams of being devoured and degraded’: A VERY racy book about a sex addict middle-class mother, written by French literary world star – who counts President Macron as a friend – is finally released in the UK
- Explosive 2014 novel, Adèle, by Leïla Slimani, 37, has hit UK book shelves
- The Morocco-born author likely to leave readers reeling with steamy encounters
- Book’s central character is sexually insatiable and embarks on clandestine affairs
- Slimani says she wanted to challenge the idea that women who enjoy sex are ‘sluts’ while men will always be portrayed as ‘conquistadors’
- Mother-of-two Slimani won Prix Goncourt and works with President Macron
A prize-winning Parisian-based author is set to cause shockwaves on a global scale as her racy first novel – about a sexually insatiable journalist – hits UK shelves for the first time.
Leïla Slimani, 37, shot to global fame with her chilling 2016 psychological thriller Lullaby – loosely based on the 2012 Krim murders in New York – but her latest tome to land in Britain is set to leave readers reeling with its x-rated clandestine affairs.
In Adèle, the central protagonist is a successful journalist in Paris living with her surgeon husband and their young son. Bored by the mundanities of family life she gives in to her all-consuming sexual desires stating that she wants to be ‘devoured, sucked, swallowed whole’.
Set to cause shockwaves: A debut novel, Adèle, by French-Moroccan literary darling Leila Slimani (pictured the 44th Deauville US Film Festival in France, September 2018) contains graphic depictions of sex and masturbation
Author Slimani (pictured in Paris in 2018) shot to global fame with her chilling 2016 book Lullaby – loosely based on the 2012 murders of the Krim siblings in New York. Latest book, Adèle, sees her insatiable central character pursuing a string of clandestine affairs
The book has finally been unleashed across the Channel, with Slimani summing it up as challenging the idea that women are sluts and men are conquistadors
Slimani is a French-Moroccan publishing sensation – dubbed a ‘literary celebrity’ by fashion bible Vogue but her 2014 work is likely to leave those who read it with their eyes wide open.
There are intensely graphic scenes that depict her frequent masturbation and how she searches for seemingly short-lived fulfillment via a string of lovers.
Explaining the premise of Adèle this week, former journalist Slimani told The Times: ‘For a lot of people, a man who has lots of sexual partners is a hunter, a conquistador, like a man is supposed to be.
‘For a woman, it’s different — she is considered a slut, or weak. I wanted to challenge that idea.’
The book that made her a household name, Lullaby, sold 600,000 copies in France in its first year alone, and has subsequently been translated into 40 languages.
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It saw her crowned the most read author in France in 2016, scooping the prestigious Prix Goncourt literary prize – only the 12th woman to be awarded the accolade in 113 years – and allowing her banker husband, Antoine, to become a stay-at-home father.
Her second book, Sex and Lies, aimed to unveil the sexual desires of Islamic women who have a ‘thirst’ to speak out about their sexuality.
Drawing on her experience of Islam as well as the stories of other Arab women, Slimani – who grew up in Rabat in the heart of the deeply religious Morocco – claimed that millions of Arabs are living in ‘sexual misery’.
In her role a representative for French-speaking nations, Leila Slimani has worked alongside current French president Mr Macron
Glitterati: Slimani (pictured at the Elysée in November 2017) was the most read author in France in 2016, scooping the prestigious Prix Goncourt literary prize that year
Mother-of-two Leila Slimani pictured at the César Film Awards in Paris, March 2018 (left) and at a film festival in August 2018 (right). Her second book, Sex and Lies, aimed to unveil the sexual desires of Islamic women who have a ‘thirst’ to speak out about their sexuality
Slimani at the César Film Awards in Paris, February 2017. The book that made her a household name, Lullaby, sold 600,000 copies in France in its first year alone
Friends in high places: Leila Slimani in November 2017, after being appointed as President Macron’s Francophone affairs representative. The married mother-of-two famously rejected Macron’s offer of becoming his culture minister, dismissing the role as ‘boring’
Leila Slimani (at Le Drouant restaurant in Paris after winning France’s Goncourt literary prize Goncourt literary prize in Paris, November 2016). Her newfound fame regularly sees her being begged for selfies in the supermarket, she told British Vogue this week
Author Leila Slimani (pictured in Paris, March 2017) regularly rubs shoulders with the Macrons, and remains the toast of the literary world having appeared on the cover of glossy magazines
The book, which is accompanied by a graphic novel exploring an Arab woman’s sexual awakening, explores her native country’s ban on abortion, homosexuality and sex before marriage.
The married mother-of-two famously rejected President Macron’s offer of becoming his culture minister – a post she has dismissed as ‘boring’ – but instead acts as his Francophone affairs representative.
As well as regularly rubbing shoulders with the Macrons, she remains the toast of the literary world and has appeared on the covers of glossy magazines including ELLE.
Speaking about her newfound fame which regularly sees her being begged for selfies, she told British Vogue: ‘At the beginning it was very weird, but people are very nice.
‘Sometimes you’re in the supermarket and you don’t want to speak about Islam or feminism, you just want to buy the diapers for the baby and go home.’
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