Je m'en vais
Publish date: 1999
Publisher: Les Editions de Minuit
Pages no: 256
Edition language: French
When I began reading "I'M GONE" 3 days ago, I wasn't sure I was going to like it. At first reading, the writing style seemed too glib and casually crafted, bordering on the banal. But the author, I think, did a clever thing by inserting in the opening pages, Felix Ferrer leaving his wife Suzanne - i...
[This book has been translated into English under the titles I'm Gone and I'm Off.] Jean Echenoz (b. 1947) is a French novelist weighted down by a dozen literary prizes, including the Prix Goncourt for Je m'en vais (1999), a cooly ironic intertwining of play with literary genres and of the emp...
A wee bit disappointing as my first Echenoz. As a satire, the story seemed as if too much fluffy merengue overwhelmed the bite and zest of the lemon.
Choupette's review of Platform reminded me of this book, which is quite famous in the francophone world, but pretty much unknown for English-speakers. It's formally a caper-style thriller, with a perilous voyage to the Arctic, a theft, a chase and a clever resolution. It manages, however, to complet...
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