Lucy Ellmann

  • Anglais Mimi

    Lucy Ellmann

    Its Christmas Eve in Manhattan. Harrison Hanafan, noted plastic surgeon, falls on his ass. So far, so good. `Ya cant sit there all day, buddy, looking up peoples skirts! chides a weird gal in a coat like a duvet - Mimi! She kindly conjures for him the miracle of a taxi. Recuperating in his apartment with Schubert, Bette Davis, and a foundling cat, Harrison adds items to his lifes work, a List of Melancholy Things (Walmart, puppetry, Velcro, whale eyes, shrimp-eating contests... ). But when he receives a dreaded invitation to address his old school, Mimi reappears, with all her curves and chaos. She and Harrison fall emphatically in love. And, as their love-making reaches a whole new kind of climax, the sweet smell of revolution is in the air.

  • Dot used to think she was perfect, with her pointy nose, pink skin and blonde hair. But now she lives on Abalone Avenue with a husband who chases women and swordfish. And she has a rather icky Fatal Flaw. And the universe doesn't give a damn! So DOT decides to End It All. Will death be fast? Slow? EMBARRASING? But despite her valiant suicide by tea cosy followed by a jaunt to the morgue, DOT wakes up...

  • Anglais Doctors & Nurses

    Lucy Ellmann

    The tranquillity of a rural backwater - SHATTERED!
    The ancient arts of medicine - EXPOSED!
    Her darling cleft-chinned doctor - FORCED TO FIGHT FOR HIS LIFE!
    It was a time of wiping. A time of bandaging. Of patients and their incessant needs. In a world where nurses never wash their hands, and doctors are the lowest of the low, one enormous nurse stands up for LOVE - a nurse that will make you fart with fear...

  • In an eminent London art institute - the Catafalque - Our Heroine Isabel (she of the obsessional habits, perpetual virginity and peculiar belly button) sit in wistful contemplation of Chardin's brushstrokes and the virile red socks of passing lecturers. Isabel's wholly imaginary love life (based on the romantic notions of authoress Babs Cartwheel) bears little resemblance to that of her flatmate Pol, who prefers to grip reality by the balls. Enter Robert, victim of an American childhood, kitsch memorabilia, academic rivalry, Pol's belly-dancing and Isabel's mute adoration. Can he be perverse enough not to despair?

  • Anglais Sweet Desserts

    Lucy Ellmann

    Suzy Schwarz has learnt one or two things about life: other people know how you should live better than you do; sisters (especially Fran) can destroy your sanity and self-esteem; lust calls for careful timing because it rarely coincides with that of your partner; and most heartbreaking of all, parents die on you, leaving you grieving. The only thing that provides constant solace when times are bad (and they usually are) is food.

  • Anglais Man or Mango?

    Lucy Ellmann

    Eloise is too old to be called an orphan but insists she is bereft. With a cello, a car, some cats and a supply of Chicken Balti, she has devised for herself a half-alive hermitude. From her sinister country cottage she dispatches plaintive missives to the purveyors of evaporated milk and loo-roll holders. No one is too high, too powerful, to escape the fury of her attack.
    George is England's only poet of ice hockey (not a full-time job). Pining for inspiration, he plays a lot of pinball and is chased around by his students. Indeed, all through the land people languish in a rage of bewilderment, undone by neighbours, the news and the heartless human tendancy to reduce the world to lists.
    Fierce, funny and strange (touching on the unseen links between donkeys, fruit-labelling and ferry disasters) Lucy Ellmann's third novel reveals the stubborn nature of absurdity. Man or Mango? wanders through the darkest areas of human behaviour, and our century's history, asking how to live - and how to love.

  • Les lionnes

    Ellmann Lucy

    « L'un des plus grands livres du siècle. » The Irish Times
    Une femme, mère au foyer, vit l'essentiel du quotidien dans sa cuisine. L'âge est venu, elle a surmonté un cancer, et dans sa tête elle rumine le monde, ses folies, ses dangers, les fusillades dans les écoles, la crise économique qui fait toujours payer les mêmes, la pauvreté, l'angoisse du lendemain, les équilibres plus que précaires, sa mère décédée d'une longue maladie. Ça se passe dans l'Ohio. Et ça nous parle, au plus profond, de tout, partout. Cette femme pense aux diverses tâches domestiques qui l'attendent, nécessaires à faire tourner le ménage. Elle s'indigne, contre Trump, ce président terrifiant, ou face au dérèglement de la planète, mais aussi contre la domination patriarcale, l'asservissement des femmes ou l'extermination des Amérindiens. Tout cela roule dans sa tête. Et c'est parti pour une formidable aventure narrative, en une coulée pleine de rebondissements, scandée par une formule litanique - « le fait que » - qui vous emporte dans une apnée littéraire exceptionnelle.
    Dans ce livre finaliste du Booker Prize et salué par une presse dithyrambique, Lucy Ellmann réussit le miracle de nous faire toucher à l'universel par le biais du plus intime et du plus infime. Par son humour corrosif, elle mène une charge impitoyable contre l'Amérique et le monde d'aujourd'hui, et dresse un admirable portrait de femme - de toutes les femmes.

    Traduit de l'anglais par Claro