Afterword by Warren F. Motte
Translated by Jordan Stump
Collection Coleman Dowell Literature Series
The amusingly odd protagonist and narrator of Jean-Philippe Toussaint's novel is an academic on sabbatical in Berlin to work on his book about Titian. With his research completed, all he has left to do is sit down and write. Unfortunately, he can't decide how to refer to his subject—Titian, le Titien, Vecellio, Titian Vecellio—so instead he starts watching TV continuously, until one day he decides to renounce the most addictive of twentieth-century inventions.
As he spends his summer still not writing his book, he is haunted by television, from the video surveillance screens in a museum to a moment when it seems everyone in Berlin is tuned in to Baywatch.
One of Toussaint's funniest antiheroes, the protagonist of Television turns daily occurrences into an entertaining reflection on society and the influence of television on our lives.
Nb of pages 164 p.
Publication Date 01 November 2004
Nb of pages 164
Dimensions 5.5 x 8 in.
List Price $12.95
I quit watching television. I gave it up cold turkey, once and for all, never to watch another show, not even sports. I stopped a little more than six months ago, in late July, just at the end of the Tour de France. I’d quietly watched the delayed broadcast of the Tour’s last stage in my Berlin apartment, like everyone else—the Champs-Élysées stage, ending in a tremendous sprint won by the Uzbek Abdujaparov—and then I stood up and turned off the set. I can clearly picture myself at that moment, the very simple gesture I made, my arm fluidly extending as it had a thousand times before, my finger on the button, the picture imploding and disappearing from the screen. It was over. I never watched television again.
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Genres : Fiction : Europe : Western Europe
Countries : Belgium