BONJOUR TRISTESSE by Francoise Sagan was her first work, published to great success when she was just 18. This novel takes us to the South of France where a rebellious teenager (probably Francoise’s avatar) is spending the summer with her playboy father and his mistress, only to be interrupted by another of her father’s previous loves. His daughter tries to create a scenario aimed at displacing the new arrival.
Sagan places a young, rebellious character against bourgeois adults and involves her own boyfriend. This reflects her own life, one of rebellion and experimentation, sometimes involving drugs. She quickly became an icon of youthful rebellion. “A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to want to take it off you.”
Bonjour Tristesse is translated by Heather Lloyd and published by Penguin. Available on Amazon