by Christian Oster


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Written with his typical witty and delicate touch, Christian Oster's new novel pokes fun at the postmodern male's overrated sensitivity.

Oster’s stories are simple—at least if we mean stories that can be summarized in a few words. In the case of The Unforeseen, such a summary would begin like this: the narrator, who has a perpetual cold, lives with a woman who never catches a cold and so has the immediate intuition that the cold she has now, as the two of them drive together toward the sea at the opening of the novel, is a very bad omen indeed.

From the author of A Cleaning Woman, made into a film by Claude Berri, comes Oster’s new novel of perfect, erudite, and sometimes laughable sadness. Oster’s perceptive gaze, and the changing rhythm of his sentences, guide his reader through the psychological realism of obsession and desire. The honesty of emotion in The Unforeseen is matched only by its subversive intent.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590512654
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
Publication date: 10/16/2007
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 7.69(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Christian Oster

Christian Oster is a novelist who lives in Paris. In the last two decades, he has published eight novels as well as numerous stories, poems, and essays in French reviews.

Adriana Hunter

Adriana Hunter has been working as a translator for over a decade. She has translated many award-winning works including Catherine Millet’s incendiary international bestseller The Sexual Life of Catherine M. She lives in King’s Lynn, England.

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