Episode 26: Sphinx by Anne Garreta

Introduction

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In episode 26 we discuss Anne Garreta’s Sphinx.

Published in 1986 in France before being translated in 2015 into English, Sphinx is the tale of two lovers in Paris. The narrator, a scholar turned DJ and A*** a dancer. The plot is straightforward enough, two people meet, the fall in love, there is a tragic ending. What makes Sphinx more compelling is the linguistic constraint that slowly reveals itself in the English translation and is confirmed in the translators note, for Sphinx is genderless.