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Journée des femmes

Posted by mp, on 4 March 2018. Comments: 0

For Women's day, I would like to highlight a book written by a man: "Laetitia" by Ivan Jablonka.

Ivan Jablonka is an historian better known for his works on the Holocaust. In this book, which received the Prix Médicis in 2016 and is now available in paperback, he researched the story of a young woman, Laetitia, who was murdered by a man she befriended. This sad story could have been left unnoticed, one of the hundreds of women killed every year. However, it made the headlines, her dismembered body becoming a battleground for politicians. The author meets her twin sister, Jessica, and unpicks their lives. Abuse is the main thread, from a neglectful and abusive birth father, to a coercive and abusive foster father. Although Laetitia becomes unwittingly an emblem of the violence against women, a victim, the author resuscitates her voice, her walk, her talk, her hopes and she dances across the pages. After her sister's death, in a "me too" movement far from the red carpets, Jessica overcame her conflicted loyalties to her foster father and reported him.

This is an uncomfortable read, if necessary.

Product Description: Dans la nuit du 18 au 19 janvier 2011, Laëtitia Perrais a été enlevée à 50 mètres de chez elle, avant d'être poignardée et étranglée. Il a fallu des semaines pour retrouver son corps. Elle avait 18 ans.

Ce fait divers s'est transformé en affaire d'État : Nicolas Sarkozy, alors président de la République, a reproché aux juges de ne pas avoir assuré le suivi du « présumé coupable », précipitant 8 000 magistrats dans la rue.

Ivan Jablonka a rencontré les proches de la jeune fille et les acteurs de l'enquête, avant d'assister au procès du meurtrier en 2015. Il a étudié le fait divers comme un objet d'histoire, et la vie de Laëtitia comme un fait social. Car, dès sa plus jeune enfance, Laëtitia a été maltraitée, accoutumée à vivre dans la peur, et ce parcours de violences éclaire à la fois sa fin tragique et notre société tout entière : un monde où les femmes se font harceler, frapper, violer, tuer.

More information about this product: Laëtitia, ou La fin des hommes

 

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