La Paix des ruches (The peace within the beehive) was published two years before Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex and precedes the feminist novels of the latter half of the 20th century.
Alice Rivaz reveals a novel’s potential to destabilise traditional representations and present the world differently.
Alice Rivaz collated several texts in Ce nom qui n’est pas le mien (1980) including a pioneering feminist article that had remained unnoticed since 1945.
Federica, Sabine, Gabrielle, Clara and Anna bear witness to the difficulties of being a woman and to the prejudice and injustice they faced.
Her notebooks go beyond the realm of the novelist to also provide a fascinating account of cultural and social life in 20th-century Geneva.
Long before écriture féminine, Alice Rivaz wrote about the difference of a woman’s voice in a male-centred tradition.