Translating Laure

by Colette Peignot

01 Colette Peignot, 1903 – 1938

Book of collected writings called Laure, written by Georges Bataille’s once paramour Colette Peignot. For a time they lived together. She got tuberculosis, died in his house at 35. Had, it is said, by that time destroyed much of anything else she may have wrote, though some…

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02 Laure: History of a Girl, by Colette Peignot

Eyes pierce the night. Young girl in long white chemise, half asleep, mumbling. In a corner, in light and shadows, she kneels quavering before crucifix and Virgin. Pious images cover all the walls, she – my noctabulant – lends all readiness in her knees then off…

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