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I'm Off And One Year By Jean Echenoz

I'm Off And One Year by Jean Echenoz

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Summary

A man at Ferrer's time of life should be starting to treat himself - and his heart - carefully, not living the bachelor life in the Paris atelier that doubles as his art gallery. And when she has lost her belongings, her money, her looks and almost herself - one year later - the coast is clear for her to come back to Paris.

I'm Off And One Year Summary

I'm Off And One Year by Jean Echenoz

'I'm off', says Felix Ferrer to his wife. 'I'm leaving you'. And closing the door on their suburban home, Ferrer, a creature of appetite, impulse and habit, a man of our times, embarks on a journey to the extremes. A man at Ferrer's time of life should be starting to treat himself - and his heart - carefully, not living the bachelor life in the Paris atelier that doubles as his art gallery. Not weighing up every girl he sees. Not ignoring his doctor's warnings to avoid the very hot and the very cold. And certainly not making for the North Pole in pursuit of a rare cargo of Inuit artefacts.

Soon, back from the merciless Arctic, packed with ex-girlfriends, anxious artists and suspicious creditors, Paris in the summer begins to feel very hot indeed for Ferrier...

In One Year Victoire wakes up one morning to find her boyfriend lying dead beside her. Not wanting to be caught with a corpse, she packs her bags, raids her bank account and makes off, randomly, for the Southwest. And when she has lost her belongings, her money, her looks and almost herself - one year later - the coast is clear for her to come back to Paris. But nothing prepares her for the shock of what greets her return...

I'm Off And One Year Reviews

Echenoz continues to throw custard pies at literary norms, in particular the machinery of your average novel. But the custartd itself is of a very high quality... An extraordinary book... a fresh and amazingly graceful way of looking at the world -- Giles Foden * Guardian *
All the Pooterish school-boyish humour is perfectly caught by Guido Waldman's excellent translation, which paints a bleak landscape with verve and panache, dextrously juggling rueful nerdiness, cliche and slang without once putting a foot wrong. Here's the novel to pack for that springtime read -- Michele Roberts * Financial Times *
Echenoz offers more delight in each paragraph than a shelf full of blockbusters * Scotsman *
A sly mixture of intrigue, sexual observation and acid social commentary, created in an atmosphere of relentless suspicion * Daily Telegraph *
Ironic, witty, detached, knowing and not unsympathetic... what makes this book so much fun is Echenoz' ability to create plausible characters who do slightly implausible things in familiar settings * Observer *

About Jean Echenoz

JEAN ECHENOZ was born in Provence in 1947. He studied organic chemistry in Lille and then double bass in Metz before he turned to writing. He is one of the most influential French writers of his generation. He won, in 1999, the Prix Goncourt for his novel I'm Off. He is also the author of Piano.

Additional information

GOR001466894
9781860469503
1860469507
I'm Off And One Year by Jean Echenoz
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Vintage Publishing
2002-10-03
224
N/A
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