Sunday, June 12, 2016

Vernon Subutex 2 - Virginie Despentes

Where the first tome was rock'n'roll noir (think Joy Division, or the White Stripes) this second tome is mostly so feelgood that pulling it off requires as much boldness as savoir-faire (a bit like the B52s), both of which Despentes displays liberally.

Though the main character is a white middle-aged man, and the plot revolves around the video testament left behind by a dead rockstar, the novel is about outsidership, contemporary society, aging, racism, sexism, Paris... and I found it just plainly, outstandingly brilliant. 

Can't wait for part 3. (But will have to.)
 
 

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