Exit by Nelly Arcan

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Somewhere in Montreal, in the not too distant future, an obscure company offers custom-designed suicides for its clients with one condition: their desire to die must be pure and absolute. Antoinette Beauchamp is a successful candidate but her suicide is not. Now a bedridden paraplegic, hooked up to machines that monitor all her bodily functions, she tells her story, taking the reader into the Kafkaesque world of the company and its bewildering cast of characters.Exit is at once a profound examination of what it is that drives someone to want to end their life, as well as how that urge can be turned on its head against all odds. Written with her signature brio and acerbic wit, Nelly Arcan's last novel is a hymn to life.


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Nelly Arcan was born in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Her first novel 'Putain' (2001; English) 'Whore' (2004), drawing on her experience working in the sex trade in Montreal, caused a sensation and enjoyed immediate critical and media success. It was a finalist for both the Prix Medicis and the Prix Femina, two of France's most prestigious literary awards. Three more novels followed, establishing her as a literary star in Quebec and France: 'Folle (2004), also nominated for the Prix Femina, ' a ciel ouvert' (2007), and 'L'enfant dans le miroir' (2007). 'Paradis, clef en main' was her fourth novel and was completed just before she committed suicide at the age of thirty-six.David Scott Hamilton has a degree in linguistics and French, and has worked as a freelance translator since 1995, producing significant works for numerous clients, including the Canadian Museum of Civilization. He divides his time between Chambery, France, and Vancouver, B.C.
Published January 1, 2009 by Anvil. 224 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The author takes us on a dark journey she understands only too well

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