Monsieur

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Meet Monsieur, your hero, a successful young executive in Paris whose daily life you will follow in precise detail. He is nothing if not unremarkable. Meet his secretary, his nieces, his fiancee and her parents, his neighbor whose scientific reports Monsieur unwittingly types out. What will happen? This and that. Monsieur will attend a party. He will babysit. But most of all, Monsieur will muse, and so will you muse, on everything from the night sky to a Rotring pen. And it will be very funny. Here Toussaint ...
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Overview

Meet Monsieur, your hero, a successful young executive in Paris whose daily life you will follow in precise detail. He is nothing if not unremarkable. Meet his secretary, his nieces, his fiancee and her parents, his neighbor whose scientific reports Monsieur unwittingly types out. What will happen? This and that. Monsieur will attend a party. He will babysit. But most of all, Monsieur will muse, and so will you muse, on everything from the night sky to a Rotring pen. And it will be very funny. Here Toussaint turns the ordinary into the extraordinary, an unremarkable anti-hero into a deadpan wit.
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Editorial Reviews

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)
The Times Literary Supplement
“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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9782707310965
  • Publisher: Centre d'Exportation du Livre Francais
  • Publication date: 4/27/2006
  • Language: French
  • Edition description: French Edition
  • Pages: 109

Meet the Author

Jean-Philippe Toussaint is the author of nine novels,and the winner of numerous literary prizes, including the Prix Décembre 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.

A native of Vancouver, John Lambert studied philosophy in Paris before moving to Berlin, where he lives with his wife and two children. Translator, journalist, philosophy teacher, and actor, he has translated Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s Monsieur and Self-Portrait Abroad.

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