The Inquisitory

John F. Byrne Literature Series
Robert Pinget
Translated by Donald Watson

A stylistic masterpiece, The Inquisitory consists entirely of questions and answers directed at solving an unspecified crime. The man being questioned throughout is an old servant at a château in Agapa (Pinget’s version of Yoknapatawpha County and the setting for several of his novels), where he may have unwittingly been witness to murder, sexual orgies, tax fraud, and drug deals. But the servant never responds directly to any of the inquisitor’s questions, instead challenging him and creating a web of half-truths, vague references, and glaring inconsistencies amid meticulous details about the château itself and an excess of information about the plethora of characters in the surrounding area.

As the interrogation progresses, the reader is pulled into this puzzle, trying to figure out what crime is being investigated and why exactly this seemingly witless servant is being questioned.

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Translated by Donald Watson
Publication: John F. Byrne Literature Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 399
ISBN-13: 9781564783271
GTIN13: 9781564783271
Publication date: 11/1/2003
Language: eng
List price: $14.95