Episode 26: Sphinx by Anne Garreta



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.