The Challenge of “L’Inceste” and “The Incest Diary”
Reviewers of “L’Inceste” avoided calling it porn, but, as with “The Incest Diary,” it provoked severe discomfort: Is there any part of this that we enjoy reading? Just as Angot and the author of “The Incest Diary” struggle with the question of whether they were complicit in their own abuse, readers of their books may grapple with the same question. Are we voyeurs or witnesses? Do we judge the women’s behavior, and, if so, according to what ethical standard?