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Not a Clue

Chloé Delaume | Translated by Dawn M. Cornelio

In this life-size game of Clue, six psychiatric patients in Paris’s Saint Anne’s Hospital are suspects in the murder of Dr. Black. Though Not a Clue tells the stories of these possible assassins, their lives, and what has brought them to the hospital, the true focus of Chloé Delaume’s intense and tumultuous novel is not merely to discover the identity of the murderer. Rather, by cleverly combining humor with the day-to-day effects of life’s unrelenting compromises, Not a Clue is an astute commentary on the current state of literary production and consumption.

Masterfully juggling an omniscient narratrix, an accusing murder victim, at least six possible suspects as well as their psychiatrists, and a writer who intervenes by refusing to intervene, Delaume uses the characters, weapons, and rooms of the board game Clue to challenge—sometimes violently, sometimes playfully—the norms of typography, syntax, and narrative conventions.

Originally published by Gallimard in 2004 with the title Certainement pas.

Learn more about the book here.


Chloé Delaume is an award-winning French novelist. Among the more than twenty texts she has published since 2000, her second novel, Le Cri du sablier, was awarded the Prix Décembre in 2001.

Dawn M. Cornelio is a professor at the University of Guelph in Canada. Her work has appeared in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Women in French Studies, and elsewhere.

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