Camille Cornu

Photosynthèses

Photosynthesis

February 7, 2024
Novel
176 pages
130 × 210 mm
18 €
9782366248517
978-2-3662-4851-7

“Sorcières“ collection

																Camille Cornu, Photosynthèses
																Camille Cornu, Photosynthèses

The narrator evolves in the contemporary queer milieu of Parisian bars and nights, where they meets their friends. They lives on the eighteenth floor of a building, in an apartment whose every room is invaded by ever-growing plants and trees. By day, they works as a receptionist, capitalizing on their apparent femininity. One evening in a café, they meets an English-speaking man who genders himself in the masculine gender and regularly comes to Paris for his work as a composer. This is the beginning of a complex relationship between two feminist cultures (feminism in France and that of a “northern city” in Europe) and two languages (with questions of linguistic domination interfering with questions of gender). Through this narrative, in which nothing is ever quite stabilized, always evolving and transforming, The author explores new possibilities for inhabiting language and overcoming binarities, both gender-based and those between human and non-human. The novel questions linguistic norms as well as their inscription in bodies and sexualities.

Camille Cornu’s writing, both abundant and masterful, is at the service of a constantly surprising narrative, in which plants intrude into everyday life and blur the boundaries between dream and reality.
A fascinating, profoundly contemporary book that shows the evolution of a character escaping from norms and categories, inventing their own language and creating new alliances with plants.

The author

Camille Cornu grew up in Normandy before studying literature and a master’s degree in literary creation at Paris 8. After activism in French feminist circles, they spent several years in Scotland, where they encountered a feminism more open to trans issues. They developed an English-language poetic style there, before moving back to France to write Photosynthèses in French.

Camille is a member of the autrix collective RER Q, united around poetry and the defense of gender minorities. Together, they perform in France and Europe. They published the novel Habilétés Sociales (Flammarion, 2018) and contributed to the collective collection Lettres aux jeunes poétesses (L’Arche, 2021).

Strong points

Camille Cornu is a member of the queer literary collective RER Q, alongside, among others, Wendy Delorme (Viendra le temps du feu), Rébecca Chaillon (Carte noire nommée désir, performed this summer in Avignon) and Élodie Petit (Fiévreuse plébéienne).

Following on from the acclaimed books by Marcia Burnier, Wendy Delorme, Juliette Rousseau and Stéphanie Garzanti, the Sorcières collection offers a powerful, spellbinding new novel, somewhere between autofiction and “magic realism”.

An intense and surprising story, which seeks to go beyond gender binarities, as well as those between humans and non-humans, to escape dominant norms and categories and create new alliances, particularly with plants.

February 7, 2024
Novel
176 pages
130 × 210 mm
18 €
9782366248517
978-2-3662-4851-7

“Sorcières“ collection