Au Diable Vauvert
A first novel from co-author and director of the notorious 2000 film Baise-moi, which was censored in France, then finally released with an X rating, Betty Monde is a rock ‘n roll novel unlike any other. Betty Monde is a superstar, the lead singer of a heavy metal band, who embarks on an explosive journey of sex and violence in Paris’ Goth underworld. A heroine worthy of Nietzsche, Bataille or Kristeva, Betty is a woman freed from her desires -- an idealist who revolts against society in asserting herself sexually and professionally. In the final outcome, she is flayed alive by the very media that helped launch her. Coralie Trinh Thi, in original and innovative prose, distinguishes herself here as an authentic voice and a novelist of remarkable talent.
Trinh Thi : Born in 1976, Coralie Trinh Thi has appeared in over sixty pornographic films for which she received France’s Best Rated-X Film Actress Award in 1995 in addition to twice winning the prestigious “Hot d’Or” Award in 1996 and 1998. She has also appeared in both short and feature films by noted French directors Gaspard Noé, Marc Caro, Laetitia Masson (En avoir ou pas), Catherine Breillat (Romance) and Olivier Dahan (Déjà Mort). Since 2000 she has worked as rock critic for Rock and Folk magazine, reviewing a variety of punk and heavy metal bands. Betty Monde is her first novel.