Writers

Antoine Volodine
Translated by Katina Rogers

Here we have the anatomy of the contemporary writer, imagined by the pseudonymous, “post-exotic” Antoine Volodine. His writers are not the familiar, bitter, alcoholic kind; nor are they great, romantic, tortured geniuses; and least of all are they media darlings and socialites. In Volodine’s universe, the writer is pitted in a pathetic struggle against silence and sickness, when she is not about to be murdered by random lunatics or fellow inmates. Consisting of seven loosely interlocking stories, Writers exposes a chaotic reality in which self expression elicits repercussions both absurd and frighteningly familiar.

“Reminiscent of Beckett, the writer-characters in Writers try to stop going on writing, but they do so in intricate, fascinating, terrifying worlds—worlds riven by an absolutely just yet absolutely shattered dream of revolution.”–Diana George, 3:AM Magazine 

“These are finely crafted pieces. Volodine is a thoughtful and precise writer, and there’s an elegance to these stories. There’s a great deal of humor, too–mainly in artistic failure.”–M.A.OrthoferComplete Review

“His quirky and eccentric narrative achieves quite staggering and electric effects (…) Dazzling in its epic proportions and imaginative scope” – The Nation

“Clever and incisive.” — New York Times Book Review

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Translated by Katina Rogers
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 190
ISBN-13: 978-1-62897-040-1
Publication date: July 2014
Language: eng
List price: $14.95