Vernon Subutex

Written by Virginie Despentes | Translated by Frank Wynne
Quercus MacLehose Press
2017- June
Written by Virginie Despentes
Translated by Frank Wynne
The cult French social satire that has taken Europe by storm, and cast a penetrating light on the dark underbelly of modern urban life.
 

WHO IS VERNON SUBUTEX? An urban legend. A fall from grace. The mirror who reflects us all. Vernon Subutex was once the proprietor of Revolver, an infamous music shop in Bastille. His legend spread throughout Paris. But by the 2000s his shop is struggling. With his savings gone, his unemployment benefit cut, and the friend who had been covering his rent suddenly dead, Vernon Subutex finds himself down and out on the Paris streets.

About the author: Virginie Despentes is a writer and filmmaker, and former maid, sex worker, and freelance rock journalist. Her first novel, Baise-Moi, the controversial rape-revenge story, was published in 1992 and adapted for film in 2000. Upon release it became the first film to be banned in France for twenty-eight years. She is the author of over fifteen further works, including Apocalypse Baby (2010) and Bye Bye Blondie (2004), and the autobiographical essay, King Kong Theory (2006).

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REVIEWS

"A masterful blending of characters, voices and plots with an undeniable sense of changing rhythms. This is not just a novel, it's an electrocardiogram" — Etienne de Montety, Figaro
 
"A mind-blowing portrait of contemporary French society" — Nelly Kaprièlian, Les Inrocks
 
A vast mural of the world today. We all knew Despentes could write, but we were not expecting this" — Frédéric Beigbeder, Figaro magazine
 
"An energetic, diverting romp . . . Brimming with sex, violence and deviant behaviour . . . [and] a multitude of sharply delineated characters . . . Often surprises us with its psychological acuity." — David Mills, Sunday Times.

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