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Upstaged [Paperback]

Jacques Jouet

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June 14 2011 French Literature Series

Two minutes into the second act, there is a knock on Nicolas Boehlmer's dressing-room door, just as he's smoking his last cigarette before having to go back on stage... and, without thinking, he says, "Come in," still in character. He quickly finds himself bound, gagged, and stripped by a man who appears to be his mirror image: costumed in the same wig, makeup, and clothes. Nicolas is powerless to prevent his usurper from going out and playing his role -- with increasingly ridiculous consequences. Is this "upstaging" the act of a depraved amateur? Sabotage by a rival? A piece of guerrilla theater? A political statement? Whatever the cause, Nicolas and his fellow actors soon find their play -- and their lives -- making less and less sense, as the parts they play come under assault by this irrational intruder.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press; Reprint edition (June 14 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564785742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564785749
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 12.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,138,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the perspective of American readers, Jacques Jouet s writing is one of contemporary French literature s best-kept secrets. That s because until very recently none of his books had found their way into English translation and the fault is ours rather than his, because Jouet himself has been producing smart, funny, vibrant, pungent literature in astonishing diversity and abundance for the last quarter century. --Warren Motte, author of Fables of the Novel: French Fiction Since 1990

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5.0 out of 5 stars So wonderful Feb. 5 2012
By E. Silverstone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I very much enjoyed this wonderful short story. Even though Jouet wrote the book with "constraints", both obvious ones and ones unknown (to me), the story's effect (on me) is infinite. Reminds me of the one Queneau book I have read. Reminds me, too, that I should try to read every book published by Dalkey Archive.

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