La Corbiere


by Anne Le Marquand Hartigan

Book Cover: La Corbiere
Editions:Paperback: £ 6.99
ISBN: 978-0-9928692-6-7
Size: 127.00 x 198.00 mm
Pages: 80
ePub: £ 4.99
ISBN: 978-0-9928692-7-4
Pages: 80

When a boatload of French prostitutes is shipwrecked off the coast of German occupied Jersey, their bodies are left, abandoned to drift on the tide for days, their long peroxide hair floating out on the waves. This tragic image is the starting point for a powerful, poetic sound-scape, a requiem to the forgotten victims of the Second World War.

Published:
Publisher: Chiswick Books
Excerpt:

La Corbière lighthouse sweeps its light across the stage

and audience: light/dark, light/dark. Sea sounds. Gull  cry.

MARIE-CLAIRE

Corbière, Corbière, Corbière

DÉSIRÉE

air

MARIE-CLAIRE

hair

DÉSIRÉE

air

MARIE-CLAIRE

hair Corbière, Corbière, Corbière

MAN ON THE PHONE

requiem aeternam dona eis,  Domine

MARIE-CLAIRE

Corbière

DÉSIRÉE

Corpus

MARIE-CLAIRE

Corbière

DÉSIRÉE

Christi

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MARIE-CLAIRE                     KLAUS

Corbière                                whore

DÉSIRÉE                                 KURT

Corpus                                   whore

MARIE-CLAIRE                     KLAUS

Corbière                                whore

DÉSIRÉE                                KURT

Christi                                     whore

MAN ON THE PHONE            KLAUS

Requiem aeternam                whore dona eis, Domine

MARIE-CLAIRE                     KURT

Corbière                                 whore

DÉSIRÉE                                KLAUS

air air air                                 whore

MARIE-CLAIRE                     KURT

hair hair hair                           whore

MAN ON THE PHONE           KLAUS

Requiem aerternam               whore dona eis, Domine

KURT

lot

KLAUS

their lot

MAN ON THE PHONE

got their lot

KURT

deserved

KLAUS

their lot

KURT

harlot harlot

KLAUS

harlot harlot

MARIE-CLAIRE:

Roars.

Whore. Rise up ye strong whores.  Rise.

DÉSIRÉE

whore

CÉLESTE

whore

MARIE-CLAIRE

whore

ANGELIQUE

whore

CÉLESTE

whore

DÉSIRÉE

whore

MARIE-CLAIRE

whore

DÉSIRÉE

whore

CÉLESTE

whore

KURT

har lot har lot har  lot

KLAUS

har lot har lot har  lot

MARIE-CLAIRE

Quietly.

Rise up ye strong whores. Sisters rise up,   strong.

Strong sisters. Wronged sisters. I will weep for thee, mourn for thee, cry for thee. In the   strong

salt sea will long for thee, sea sister, water sister, we will howl for thee, banshee for thee, weep for thee as the salt sea seep for  thee.

 

COLLAPSE
Reviews:Irish Times wrote:

"She mines a seam close to that of Joyce, with sound impinging on sound, word upon word, spinning from one meaning to another..."

International Herald Tribune wrote:

"Poetic drama...set before us on a sea of floating silk."

Sunday Independent wrote:

"Rare and delicate...a newborn breath with a light and beautiful hand."