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‘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

'In Selfies Sylvie Weil uses a work of an artist to set the theme for a snapshot of a past episode in her life. These selfies are exquisite vignettes - intelligent, witty, observant, sometimes poignant, and beautifully written - the elegance of the original French apparent in this fine English translation.' – Piers Paul Read

'If yesteryear's painted self-portraits were as concerned with pose and presentation as are today's phone selfies, Sylvie Weil is the ideal analyst of what may lie behind the image. In a sequence of transpositions of the work of women portraitists from the Renaissance onwards, she applies their appearance to her experience, and implies a continuity in women's self-presentation. Like them, Sylvie Weil has an illustrious heritage (daughter to André a brilliant and renowned mathematician; niece to Simone, a brilliant and renowned philosopher). Unlike them, she moves from the visual to the verbal, expressive of both profound truth and imagination.' – Amanda Hopkinson

‘In her use of the term “selfie” to discuss works of art from throughout history, Weil brings together women looking at themselves from an exterior position and finds them conversing in a shared dialect across various periods and contexts. She rescues the selfie from its conceitedness, proposing that it can be become a starting point, and not necessarily an enclosed mode of self-regard.’ – Splice

Normal dogs, Lorna Scott Fox, The TLS, 30 July 2019

Selfies, Madeleine Kingsley, Jewish Chronicle, 26 July 2019


Selfies by Sylvie Weil (Translated by Ros Schwartz), Sophie Hanson, For Books’ Sake, 8 October
#RivetingReviews: Amanda Hopkinson reviews Selfies by Sylvie Weil, Amanda Hopkinson, European Literature Network, 30 September 2019
Selfies, Thomas Koed, Volume Books, August 2019
Smelling like a person sunbathing’, Katie Da Cunha Lewin, Splice, 12 August 2019 (SPOILER ALERT!)
Normal dogs, Lorna Scott Fox, The TLS, 30 July 2019
A list through the looking glass of a playful writer, Madeleine Kingsley, Jewish Chronicle, 26 July 2019
Selfies Book Review, Josh Rees, Buzz, 16 July 2019
A novel form of memoir’, Paul Burke, NB Magazine, 3 July 2019
Selfies, Paul Fulcher, Good Reads, 21 June 2019
The art of the self-portrait, Kaggsy’s Bookish Ramblings, 20 June 2019
Exquisite self-portraits in a digital age: Sylvie Weil, Selfies, Helen Vassallo, Translating Women, 17 June 2019
Sylvie Weil has borrowed from new habits to create an unusual genre: the literary selfie, Zorosko Rosko Vacuum Player, 23 May 2019