Françoise Sagan: Background information when reading The Book of Goose

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The Book of Goose

A Novel

by Yiyun Li

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The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li
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Françoise Sagan

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Francoise Sagan as a teenager sitting on a couchIn Yiyun Li's novel The Book of Goose, narrator Agnès Moreau recollects entering a surprising phase as a 14-year-old author in post-World War II France when a book that she was secretly assisted in writing by her best friend, Fabienne, became a hit and a public curiosity. Fictional Agnès describes the real-life French author Françoise Sagan as her more successful successor, rising to fame after the luster of her own stardom had begun to dull: "That year a girl named Françoise Sagan, who was four years older than me, made her name in literary history. The fame of Agnès Moreau, the peasant girl who failed to be transformed into a debutante, was no more than a twinkle of a firefly compared to the meteoric splendor of Mlle Sagan."

The year referred to is 1954, when Sagan published her debut novel Bonjour Tristesse (Hello Sadness) at the age of 18. While Agnès mentions Sagan in the above passage mainly in contrast with herself, their careers bear more in ...

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