French Literature Series
Jean-Philippe Toussaint
Translated by Matthew B. Smith

In this improbable love story, Toussaint creates a character who is obsessed with himself: how he does things and all the ways he might have done them, how he thinks, why he thinks the way that he thinks, how he might do or think otherwise. What happens? He takes driving lessons, goes grocery shopping, spends endless hours with an adorable employee of the driving school he attends. And though he is aloof, though caught up in his own actions and in the movement of his own thoughts—he somehow emerges as surprisingly insightful and also very funny. In Toussaint’s touching novel, we come to know this character intimately and yet know almost nothing about him. These two extremes, existing together, are at the heart of Toussaint’s remarkable style.

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Translated by Matthew B. Smith
Publication: French Literature Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 125
ISBN-13: 9781564785220
GTIN13: 9781564785220
Publication date: 11/17/2008
Language: eng
List price: $12.95