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The Bathroom

The Bathroom

by Jean-Philippe Toussaint
     
 

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First published in France in 1985, The Bathroom was Jean-Philippe Toussaint's debut novel, and it heralded a new generation of innovative French literature. In this playful and perplexing book, we meet a young Parisian researcher who lives inside his bathroom. As he sits in his tub meditating on existence (and refusing to tell us his name), the people around

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First published in France in 1985, The Bathroom was Jean-Philippe Toussaint's debut novel, and it heralded a new generation of innovative French literature. In this playful and perplexing book, we meet a young Parisian researcher who lives inside his bathroom. As he sits in his tub meditating on existence (and refusing to tell us his name), the people around him—his girlfriend, Edmondsson, the Polish painters in his kitchen—each in their own way further enables his peculiar lifestyle, supporting his eccentric quest for immobility. But an invitation to the Austrian embassy shakes up his stable world, prompting him to take a risk and leave his bathroom . . .

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"An original and significant writer, whose fiction can be as engaging as it is surprising."--The Times Literary Supplement

Dalkey Archive Press

The Times Literary Supplement
An original and significant writer, whose fiction can be as engaging as it is surprising.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564785183
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
11/01/2008
Series:
French Literature Series
Pages:
102
Sales rank:
1,170,363
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Jean-Philippe Toussaint is the author of nine novels, and the winner of numerous literary prizes, including the Prix Decembre for "The Truth about Marie". His writing has been compared to the works of Samuel Beckett, Jacques Tati, the films of Jim Jarmusch, and even Charlie Chaplin.

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