“Bitter Rose,” a review

by Martine Delvaux

translated by David Homel

Linda Leith Publishing, 2015

“For the most part,” Martine Delvaux says in an online interview with Ceri Morgan, “I don’t invent anything. I have nothing to say except my own experience of the world.” And elsewhere, tellingly, “I don’t think I believe in what we call ‘identity’ as one thing or another, something that defines us once and for all. Except when it comes to being considered female in our society — this taints everything we do on a daily basis.”