SARA FREEMAN is an M.F.A. candidate at Columbia University, where she won the Henfield Prize. Her reviews and short stories have appeared in the Montreal Review of Books and Maisonneuve Magazine.
Astragal, one of Sarrazins two autobiographical novels written in jail, was first published in 1965 in France to great commercial success. Sarrazin became an immediate celebrity and the book found a tentative place in a literary tradition headed by Jean Genet, the archetypal rogue writer. But by the mid-70s Sarrazin was no longer being read; her work was relegated to the confines of scholarly appraisals, which focused on Sarrazins representation of the female prison experience.