3 Things You Need to Know About France’s Very First Openly Lesbian Novel “Moonlight and Sword”

Play Audio Clip Listen to audio clip. Literary history just got a bit more interesting. FOX’s Jennifer Griffin talked with Sophie Raworth about a little-known-but-brilliant novel “Moonlight and Sword,” the first time a popular…

3 Things You Need to Know About France's Very First Openly Lesbian Novel "Moonlight and Sword"

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Literary history just got a bit more interesting.

FOX’s Jennifer Griffin talked with Sophie Raworth about a little-known-but-brilliant novel “Moonlight and Sword,” the first time a popular French novel was openly lesbian.

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About Sophie Raworth’s novel “Moonlight and Sword”:

The novel was first published in 1971 but it remained very closeted in France until it made its way back out in 2017.

“What’s amazing about it is that the characters are much more complicated than you would expect. They don’t really make the obvious choices and the reader is expected to vote for some extremely self-righteous people and yet there are a lot of grey areas and a lot of different kind of choices that are available. But the really interesting thing is it’s a community novel, and a huge proportion of the characters are gay and lesbian and are facing discrimination and abuse both inside and outside of the house.”

-Sophie Raworth

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