Barbarella by Jean-Claude Forest.
a feminine archetype, tender and invincible, realistic and resourceful. She is the modern vamp, the girl presented in advertisements and film publicity…She is the free woman who controls her own destiny rather than submitting to the slavery of men, and, being the mistress of her own fate, she can pick and choose the men she desires.
Cover illustration by Peter Palombi / photographed by Jim Miller.
“This book is my fiftieth birthday present to myself. I feel as though I am crossing the spine of a pitched roof—having ascended one slope. I am programmed at fifty to perform childishly—to insult “The Star-Spangled Banner,” to scrawl pictures of a Nazi flag and an asshole and a lot of other things with a felt-tipped pen…” – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.