02.08.2019

Author Leila Slimani on Her New Book “Adele”

French-Moroccan author Leila Slimani is a literary superstar in France, and her recent book “The Perfect Nanny” was a publishing sensation. Now, her first book “Adele” is finally being released in English for the first time. She joined Christiane in London to discuss her work and the rise of populism and extremism in France and Europe more widely.

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IT'S ALSO A -- [ NO AUDIO ] VERY OFTEN A WOMAN WHO WANTS MORE ARE PUNISHED FOR WANTING MORE.

AND THIS WOMAN, SHE WANTS MORE, SHE WANTS EXCITEMENT, SHE WANTS DESIRE, SHE WANTS PASSION.

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, SHE KNOWS THAT SOCIETY HAS GIVEN HER VERY MUCH BECAUSE SHE'S MARRIED TO A DOCTOR OR SHE HAS A CHILD.

SHE'S SUPPOSED TO BE SATISFIED, SO SHE FEELS GUILTY FOR NOT BEING SATISFIED AND SHE'S LOOKING TO FILL THIS VOID WITH SEX, BUT IT COULD BE WITH DRUGS OR ALCOHOL OR GAMBLING

IT'S NOT JUST THAT SHE WANTS MORE AND SHE WANTS PASSION AND EXCITEMENT AND ALL THAT.

SHE GOES AND HAS SEX WITH ANYBODY SHE SAYS.

PEOPLE SHE PICKS UP FROM THE METRO IN THE SUBWAY, ANYONE.

YEAH, EXACTLY.

THAT'S WHY I WAS VERY INTERESTED IN THE MECHANISM OF ADDICTION.

YOU WANT SOMETHING AND AT THE SAME TIME YOU KNOW THIS THING IS GOING TO DESTROY YOU AND YOU CAN'T HELP IT, SO YOU TAKE THIS THING AND THEN YOU HATE YOURSELF FOR TAKING IT.

IT NEVER ENDS AND IT'S A LOT OF SELF-HATRED AND I WANTED TO DESCRIBE THAT.

AND YET YOU WOULD THINK IT MIGHT DISRUPT HER MARRIAGE, HER HUSBAND WOULD WALK OUT, BUT HE DOESN'T.

HOW DOES HE REACT, THE HUSBAND.

THAT'S THE INTERESTING PART FOR ME, THE LOVE STORY.

I WAS ASKING MYSELF THE QUESTION, CAN YOU FORGIVE SOMETHING LIKE THAT?

IS IT POSSIBLE TO FORGIVE SOMEONE WHO LIED TO YOU FOR SO MANY YEARS AND CHEATED ON YOU?

AND I THINK THAT THE HUSBAND IS FASCINATED GOBY HIS WIFE.

HE KNOWS IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO CONTROL HER THAT'S WHY HE WANTS TO KEEP HER AND TELLS HER YOU HAVE A DISEASE.

I'M A DOCTOR, I'M GOING TO CURE THIS DISEASE AND I'M GOING TO HELP YOU.

YOU'RE GOING TO HEAL.

BUT THE TRUTH IS, IT'S NOT THE DISEASE.

IT'S SOMETHING ELSE

SPOILER ALERT, DO THEY STAY TOGETHER?

YOU HAVE TO READ IT

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Christiane Amanpour speaks with Spike Lee about his film “BlacKkKlansman,” his career and the racist controversies surrounding Virginia politics and Liam Neeson. Author Leila Slimani discusses her new book and the rise of populism and extremism in France. Michel Martin speaks with First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon about Brexit.

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