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Privy Portrait By Jean-Luc Benoziglio

Privy Portrait by Jean-Luc Benoziglio

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Summary

The author's wife and young daughter have abandoned him, he has no work or prospects, he's blind in one eye, and he must move into a horribly tiny apartment with his only possession: a twenty-five-volume encyclopedia. This book explores themes such as the roles of family, history, and one's moral responsibility toward others.

Privy Portrait Summary

Privy Portrait by Jean-Luc Benoziglio

The narrator in Jean-Luc Benoziglio's Privy Portrait has fallen on hard times. His wife and young daughter have abandoned him, he has no work or prospects, he's blind in one eye, and he must move into a horribly tiny apartment with his only possession: a twenty-five-volume encyclopedia. His neighbors, the Shritzkys, are vulgar, narrow-minded, and racist. And because he has no space for his encyclopedia in his cramped room, he stores it in the communal bathroom, which becomes a major point of contention with his neighbors. The bathroom is also the only place he can find refuge from the Shritzkys' blaring television, and he barricades himself in it to read his encyclopedia, much to the chagrin of the rest of the residents of the building. Darkly amusing, Privy Portrait is the monologue of a man, disoriented by the gaping void of not knowing his own nationality, recounting the final remnants of his own sanity and his life. In this buffoonish, even grotesque, yet deeply pitiful man, Benoziglio explores, with a light yet profound touch, weighty themes such as the roles of family, history, one's moral responsibility toward others, and the fragility of personal identity.

Privy Portrait Reviews

"A small masterwork of malicious humor." (Neue Zurcher Zeitung)"

About Jean-Luc Benoziglio

Jean-Luc Benoziglio has written fourteen novels and won several prestigious literary awards including the Prix Medecis for Privy Portrait. Tess Lewis has translated seven books and numerous essays and articles from French and German.

Additional information

GOR006659296
9780857421661
0857421662
Privy Portrait by Jean-Luc Benoziglio
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Seagull Books London Ltd
2014-09-02
264
N/A
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This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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