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Monsieur
     

Monsieur

by John Lambert (Translator), Jean-Philippe Toussaint
 
"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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"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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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

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:
102
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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

Meet the Author

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.

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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