Three By Echenoz

Big Blondes, Piano, and Running
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Original Publish Date: Jun 03, 2014
Product Number: EB00668187
Released: Apr 21, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781620970027
Publisher: The New Press
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Description

A single volume that gathers together three of the most remarkable novels from Jean Echenoz, the "most distinctive French voice of his generation" (The Washington Post), Three by Echenoz demonstrates the award-winning author's extraordinary versatility and elegant yet playful style at its finest. "A parodic thriller sparkling with wit" (L'HumanitE), Big Blondes probes our universal obsession with fame as a television documentary producer tries to track down a renowned singer who has mysteriously disappeared. A darkly comedic, noir-style tour de force, it finally answers the age-old question: do blondes have more fun? "Fluid, never forced.like a garment that fits beautifully even inside-out" (Elle), Piano brings Dante's Inferno to contemporary Paris, following Max Delmarc, a concert pianist suffering from paralyzing stage fright and alchoholism, as he meets his untimely death and descends through purgatory-part luxury hotel, part minimum-security prison-into a modern vision of hell. Running is "a small wonder of writing and humanity" (L'Express)-a portrait of the legendary Czech athlete Emil ZAtopek, who became a national hero, winning three gold medals at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics even as he was compelled to face the unyielding realities of life under an authoritarian regime.

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