The Origin of Man

Christine Montalbetti
Translated by Betsy Wing

With a name like Jacques Boucher de Crèvecoeur de Perthes, it ought to be easy to become a hero. Yet, how to go about it? A reallife nineteenth-century paleontologist and explorer, excavated here by Christine Montalbetti to serve as her protagonist, Jacques has tried everything: fighting off pirates, writing poetry, becoming a dandy, a man of culture . . . all without ever quite feeling he fits the bill. At last, when Jacques decides he’ll make his name by discovering evidence of early man, it seems we, his, will be treated to a novel about mankind itself—unless, of course, our putative hero gets shanghaied into a love story along the way. The Origin of Man is the story of one man—and all humanity—waging a war against oblivion without ever quite winning the day. It’s also a comedy about being immersed in heroic and fantastical events without one’s ever noticing.

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Translated by Betsy Wing
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 232
ISBN-13: 9781564787378
GTIN13: 9781564787378
Language: eng
List price: $14.95