I'm Gone by Jean Echenoz
A Novel

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The translation by Polizzotti is elegant, emphasizing the book's wry humor with economical emphasis. This novel is a quick read and a true jewel.
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Winner of France’s prestigious Prix Goncourt and a runaway bestseller, Jean Echenoz’s I’m Gone is the ideal introduction to the sly wit, unique voice, and colorful imagination of “the master magician of the contemporary French novel” (The Washington Post). Nothing less than a heist caper, an Arctic adventure story, a biting satire of the art world, and a meditation on love and lust and middle age all rolled into one fast-paced, unpredictable, and deliriously entertaining novel, I’m Gone tells the story of an urbane art and antiques dealer who abandons his wife and career to pursue a memorably pathetic international crime spree.

“Crisp and erudite” (The Wall Street Journal), “seductive and delicately ironic” (The Economist), and with an unexpected sting in its tail, I’m Gone—translated by Mark Polizzotti—is a dazzling, postmodern subversion of narrative conventions and an amused look at the absurdities of modern life. With a wink and a nod and a keen eye for the droll detail, Echenoz invites the reader “to enjoy I’m Gone in the same devil-may-care spirit in which it is offered” (The Boston Sunday Globe).

 

About Jean Echenoz

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Jean Echenoz worked for several years as a child psychologist before turning to fiction writing. In addition to his numerous articles and short stories, he is the author of eight novels and a pamphlet on Éditions de Minuit founder Jérôme Lindon. Most of his books are "exuberant spoofs" (Atlantic Monthly) of the espionage thriller, including Cherokee, big Blondes, and Double Jeopardy, all f which are available in English translation. In 1983 he was awarded the Prix Medicis for Cherokee. He currently lives in Paris, France. Mark Polizzotti is a prize-winning translator, and the author of eight books, including Revolution of the Mind: A Life of Andre Breton. His translations include works by Jean Echenoz, Paul Virilio, Jean Baudrillard, Raymond Roussel, Maurice Roche, Gustave Flaubert, Jen Senac, and the Surrealists.
 
Published May 6, 2014 by The New Press. 226 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Crime, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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The translation by Polizzotti is elegant, emphasizing the book's wry humor with economical emphasis. This novel is a quick read and a true jewel.

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