No. 7, Selfies
No. 7, Selfies
Translated by Ros Schwartz
First English edition published 25 June 2019
Sylvie Weil gives a playful twist to the concept of self-representation: taking her cue from self-portraits by women artists, ranging from the 13th c. through the Renaissance to Frida Kahlo and Vivian Maier, Weil has written a memoir in pieces, where each picture acts as a portal to a significant moment from her own life and sparks anecdotes tangentially touching on topical issues: from the Palestinian question to the pain of a mother witnessing her son’s psychotic breakdown, to the subtle manifestations of anti-Semitism, to ageism, genetics, and a Jewish dog...
‘A beguiling series of vignettes, by turns wry, amusing and disturbing, inspired by self-portraits by women artists and reflecting on the images they provoke. An illuminating survey of the author's various identities, in a fractured world, as mother, lover and writer.’ – Michèle Roberts
‘A new genre is born: the short selfie collection! Lively, inventive, compassionate, aching, morally complex and troubling, I loved these self-portraits more than anything I’ve read lately.’ – Lauren Elkin
‘The elements of Weil’s three-stroke episodes never quite match up, refracting rather than mirroring, hinting at unspoken questions to self, self- image and history in a brave, original and unsettling work.’ – Times Literary Supplement
‘Don’t expect a single illustration to punctuate Weil’s wry, stylish pages: the daughter of mathematician André and niece of philosopher Simone, paints her self-portraits sans brush and with the finest prose and precision. If her challenge to herself was to make the verbal visual, she’s met it magically,’ – The Jewish Chronicle
Read an excerpt on Granta.
This book is supported by the French Institute (UK) as part of the Burgess programme, and is the recipient of a translation grant by the Centre National du Livre (CNL).
160 pages, paperback with French flaps, isbn 978-1-9993318-2-5
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Photograph 'Book Face' © Dominic Lee, 2019
Front cover photograph: VIVIAN MAIER, Self-portrait, New York, NY, 1955 © Estate of Vivian Maier, Courtesy of Maloof Collection and Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York