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La Garçonne: Novela (Narrativas) by Victor Margueritte

By Victor Margueritte

«Monique no sentía ninguna vergüenza, ningún remordimiento. Aquella compañía de una hora no le había prometido nada. No mentía.»

Monique Lerbier es una chica de bien, pronto se casará con el hombre que ama pero una noche lo sorprende en compañía de otra mujer. Humillada, se venga con el primero que pasa y come to a decision así tomar las riendas de su destino y de su vida. Inicia su recorrido para emanciparse a través de múltiples experiencias amorosas y del tranquilizador olvido de las drogas.

La novela, escrita en 1922, tiene el mérito de haber fijado los angeles mítica figura de los angeles garçonne convirtiéndose en el gran best-seller de los locos años veinte.

La Garçonne vendió en Francia más de 750.000 ejemplares e inspiró cuatro películas, una de las cuales supuso el debut cinematográfico de Édith Piaf.


Victor Margueritte nace en 1866 en Argelia. Después de realizar una corta pero reconocida carrera militar, llega a convertirse en uno de los escritores franceses más importante de principios del siglo XX. Sus comienzos literarios se centraron en l. a. poesía y en los angeles traducción de obras de Calderón de los angeles Barca. En 1922 publica l. a. novela que se convertirá en su gran éxito, La garçonne. El precio a pagar por los angeles libertad de expresión fue el de una crítica imparable, l. a. censura de los angeles obra e incluso los angeles retirada de los angeles Legión de Honor.
Finalmente, condenado al ostracismo intelectual, se retiró a vivir junto al mar hasta 1942, año de su fallecimiento.


Monique Lerbier hizo sonar los angeles campanilla.
—Mariette —dijo a los angeles doncella
—,mi abrigo…
—¿Cuál, señorita?
—El azul. Y el sombrero nuevo.
—¿Se los llevo a los angeles señorita?
—No, déjelos en mi habitación…
Una vez sola, Monique suspiró. ¡Ese rastrillo benéfico period un engorro, menos mal que se encontraría allí con Lucien! Se estaba tan a gusto en el saloncito… Recostó l. a. cabeza en los cojines del sofá y se sumergió de nuevo en sus ensoñaciones.

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Even the sympathetic Lewès later wrote that it was “overmasculine,” with a vigor that “often amounts to coarseness,—and is certainly the very antipode to ‘ladylike’ ” (Edinburgh Review, January 1850). Such harsh judgments and misconceptions were difficult enough; this mixture of exhilaration in publishing and disappointment in notices was followed all too rapidly by the sudden decline of Emily, followed soon by Anne, from tuberculosis. The two sisters died not long after Branwell’s ignominious demise, probably from alcoholism though possibly also from tuberculosis.

Charlotte’s novel Shirley is published by Smith, Elder and Co. In November, Char lotte travels again to London, this time as a well-known author.  1850 Charlotte returns to London. In August, she travels to Win dermere, where she meets the writer Elizabeth Gaskell, with whom she becomes close friends. In December, Char lotte writes the prefaces and biographical notes for her sisters’ novels; she reveals the true identities of the “Bells” and works to protect the posthumous reputations of Emily and Anne, who have received some criticism for their “coarse” and “nihilistic” writings.

Reverend Brontë kept his children abreast of current events; among these were the 1829 parliamentary debates centering on the Catholic Question, in which the duke of Wellington was a leading voice. Charlotte’s awareness of politics filtered into her fictional creations, as in the siblings’ saga The Islanders (1827), about an imaginary world peopled with the Brontë children’s real-life heroes, in which Wellington plays a central role as Charlotte’s chosen character. Throughout her childhood, Charlotte had access to the circulating library at the nearby town of Keighley.

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