HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Françoise Sagan, born 21 June 1935
“I have loved to the point of madness; that which is called madness, that which to me, is the only sensible way to love.”
Françoise Sagan was once described as a “charming little monster”, so she does sound like a fascinating character. She is sort of the French equivalent of J.D. Salinger – her characters were iconic for disillusioned teenagers in France.
Her life was a troubled one, with two marriages, drugs, car accidents, etc. Fascinatingly, she wrote her own obituary: “Appeared in 1954 with a slender novel Bonjour Tristesse, which created a scandal worldwide. Her death, after a life and a body of work that were equally pleasant and botched, was a scandal only for herself.” Maybe I should think what how I’d like my obituary to read – after all, if you write it yourself, you have the satisfaction of knowing it says what you want it to say. She died in 2004.
In my teens I loved Sagan’s Bonjour Tristesse, (1954) which was perfect for those angst-filled teenage years, but it’s a long time since I have read any of her works. Should I try her books again? Or are we better to keep the good memories and not try to recapture that teenage emotion? Share your thoughts in the comment area below.
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