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Product Details

  • Paperback: 131 pages
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press (Jan. 16 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564784312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564784315
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,595,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Eric Laurrent [is] decidedly one of the most virtuosic of our young writers." -- Jean-Claude Lebrun

"[Laurrent's] books are impressive ones, both by virtue of their quality and their range." -- Warren Motte

"A small, admirably crafted novel, on the whole, conceived to delight and exasperate all at once. A successful wager, as always." -- Bernard Quiriny

"Mr. Laurrent has a taste for lexical rarities and delights in scientific descriptions....Mr. Laurrent's hyper-realistic writing gives forlorn and silently political snapshots of contemporary Paris."

"Part of Laurrent's talent lies in his ability to reinvent (or perhaps subvert) a commonplace theme by means of language as well as humor. Together they allow the author to maintain an ironic distance that aptly reflects the modern condition." -- Donald J. Dziekowicz

About the Author

Eric Laurrent was born in 1966 in Clermont-Ferrand, where he lived while finishing his literature studies before moving to Paris. Thus far Laurrent has published eight novels with Editions de Minuit, the latest of which, Clara Stern, is the novel that in 2005 Lire called "the most seducing of the year."

Jeanine Herman is a translator of French literature who lives in New York City. She has translated books from French by Julia Kristeva, Julien Gracq, Francoise Heritier, Pierre Clastres, and Francis Ponge.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece Jan. 3 2009
By M. Wilson - Published on
Format: Paperback
Probably the best book I have read in the last decade, beautifully written, compelling and original, makes the reader hang on every word.

Laurrent masterly depicts the desire of Clovis for Veronica, the wife of his mob boss, spinning the reader in a web of language written so elegantly that it rivals (maybe surpasses) Joyce. A prose novel with the profundity of poetry, this is a book I could (and will) read again and again. A must-read.