Monsieur

Monsieur

by Jean-Philippe Toussaint
     
 

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"Toussaint is a genuinely funny writer . . . small erotic moments are captured perfectly . . . makes me long for more by Toussaint."—Kirkus ReviewSee more details below

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"Toussaint is a genuinely funny writer . . . small erotic moments are captured perfectly . . . makes me long for more by Toussaint."—Kirkus Review

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“An original and significant writer, whose fiction can be as engaging as it is surprising.”
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"Toussaint is a genuinely funny writer... small erotic moments are captured perfectly... makes me long for more by Toussaint."--Kirkus Review

Dalkey Archive Press

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Whereas the nameless occupant of Toussaint's first book, The Bathroom , chooses a physical immobility, the nameless Monsieur of his second novel is blessed with mental inertia. Monsieur is a highly paid commercial director of Fiat France, who goes to Cannes, types a treatise on crystals, attends a dinner party with the secretary of State, finds a new lover--all without showing any appreciable effort or affect. ``Monsieur displayed in all things a listless drive.'' So does the book. Where most novels are fueled by psychological motivation and emotional impact, Monsieur offers the hero's faineancy, trundled along by Toussaint's matter-of-fact way with the absurd: ``Monsieur's brother had two little girls, Monsieur's nieces, twins of six and six,'' or ``A young man . . . asked him, rather nervously, if the seat next to his was free; Monsieur looked at the seat, which was in fact free, it would have been difficult to deny it.'' In short (and this narrative is short--128 pages), if Tati were a yuppie, he might be Monsieur. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564785053
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Series:
French Literature Series
Pages:
108
Sales rank:
1,497,321
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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