Interview

Marie Darrieussecq on Backstory

A woman is writing in the deep, dark forest somewhere in the not too distant future. She’s a psychotherapist, a mender of others, who is wounded; her body is falling apart. This is the opening premise of Our Life in the Forest, a new speculative novel by French Basque author Marie Darrieussecq (also the author of Pig Tales). She spoke by phone to Mel Cranenburgh and Gerard Elson on Backstory about the themes of technology run amok, clones created for organ donation, high surveillance society, and much more.

Marie Darrieussecq