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I must start by saying that I simply devoured this book. Its romp through seamy Paris nightclubs; its exacting portrait of a passionate affair; and its exploration of both mileus with a deft mixture of immediacy and intellectual detachment had me absolutely obsessed with it — I just had to know what was happening next.

Set in the heyday of 1980s club scene, the unnamed narrator — who had been writing a dissertation for a degree in theology — gets drafted to DJ in one Paris’s hottest clubs, which comes with unfettered access to every other club in the city, and which leads to meeting A***, a dancer of sublime beauty who inspires all-consuming infatuation. To say anything further plot-wise would spoil the fun of the reading experience, but take my word that the trajectory and style of the writing are breathtaking, and that Emma Ramadan’s translation is superb.

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By Anne Garreta
Pages: 152 Pages
Publisher: Deep Vellum Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Language: English
Publication Date:
April 21, 2015
ISBN-10 : 1941920098
Nominated for the 2016 PEN Translation Prize One of Flavorwire's Top 50 Independent Books of 2015 One of Entropy Magazine's Best Fiction Books of 2015 One of Bookriot's 100 Must-Read Books Translated From French... Read more
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