Camera by Jean Toussaint
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Camera by Jean Toussaint

Book Description

In this improbable love story, Toussaint creates a character who is obsessed with himself: how he does things and all the ways he might have done them, how he thinks, why he thinks the way that he thinks, how he might do or think otherwise. What happens? He takes driving lessons, goes grocery shopping, spends endless hours with an adorable employee of the driving school he attends. And though he is aloof, though caught up in his own actions and in the movement of his own thoughts--he somehow emerges as surprisingly insightful and also very funny. In Toussaint's touching novel, we come to know this character intimately and yet know almost nothing about him. These two extremes, existing together, are at the heart of Toussaint's remarkable style.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781564785220
ISBN-10: 156478522X
Format: Hardback
(178mm x 127mm x 9mm)
Pages: 125
Imprint: Dalkey Archive Press
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jean Toussaint

Jean-Philippe Toussaint (born 29 November, 1957, Brussels) is a Belgian prose writer and filmmaker. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages and he has had his photographs displayed in Brussels and Japan. Toussaint won the Prix M dicis in 2005 for his novel Fuir. The 2006 book La m lancolie de Zidane (Paris: Minuit, 2006) is a lyrical essay on the headbutt administered by the French football player Zinedine Zidane to the Italian player Marco Materazzi during the 2006 World Cup final in Berlin. An English translation was published in 2007 in the British journal New Formations. His 2009 novel La V rit sur Marie won the prestigious Prix D cembre.

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