350 – Books: Maryse Choisy: A month among the men

Text on the book:
Original book price was 50 cents
Published by Pyramid Books, 1962, 127 pages.
“Revealed! The strange ways and secret lives of an all male society, by the only woman ever to enter this foribidden world. ”
There are 8, 000 men in the monastic community of Mount Athos-and for more than 1, 000 years not one female has been allowed to set foot there. To Ace Reporter Maryse Choicy, the challenge was irresistable.
Maryse Choisy (1903 -1979) was a French philosophical writer.
Choisy followed an atypical path in life. Fascinated by psychoanalysis, she had the idea of introducing its concepts into her novels to better develop their characters; she then undertook to see what else could be brought to literature from other disciplines, a strategy that Michel Houellebecq, who shares her cynical, disillusioned side, would later discover as well.
This is what I found on other sites:
The book was first pubished in 1928 or 1929. (Un mois chez les hommes) She wrote, incidentally, that she had to elude the advances of a monk from Mount Athos. There are some doubts about the authenticity of her story, but Choisy’s aim was a standard one: “I wanted to get out of myself, be another. No matter who, no matter what. But no longer myself, what a pleasure. To be in another skin.”

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