I’ll describe my insanity through a sudden insight

Dear Christine, Do you know that feeling we have when we know where a book was going, and we know it could have worked – but it simply didn’t? I feel that about your novel Incest (2017) translated by Tess Lewis (L’Incest, 1999). Trying to be experimental while never giving up control over what the experiment…

Christine Angot

Christine Angot (born 7 February 1959) is a French writer. She was brought up by her single-parent mother. She went to university in Rheims, specialising in English and Law, but dropped out after a year to pursue her writing career. Books In English Incest, 2017, tr. Tess Lewis, 160 p. Novels in French Vu du ciel (1990) Not to…

All this has been described a thousand times

Dear Jean, I am writing to you in haste, just to share my impressions on 1914: a novel (tr.  Linda Coverdale), which I read for Caroline’s Literature and War Readalong 2016. During the Easter holidays, we are leaving for a bike trip to Austria, and I don’t know if I would have the time (or the…

Jean Echenoz

Jean Echenoz (26 December 1947) is a French novelist. He studied sociology and engineering in Rodez, Digne-les-Bains, Lyon, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille and Paris.  He worked briefly at the newspaper L’Humanité.  In 1975, he attended a course at the École pratique des hautes études et des enseignements, at the Sorbonne Awards 1979 : Prix Fénéon for Le Méridien de Greenwich 1983 : Prix Médicis for Cherokee 1999 :…