Prehistoric Times by Eric Chevillard

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The narrator of Prehistoric Times might easily be taken for an inhabitant of Beckett’s world: a dreamer who in his savage and deductive folly tries to modify reality. The writing, with its burlesque variations, accelerations, and ruptures, takes us into a frightening and jubilant delirium, where the message is in the medium and digression gets straight to the point. In an entirely original voice, Eric Chevillard asks looming and luminous questions about who we are, the paths we’ve been traveling, and where we might be going – or not.

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Eric Chevillard, winner of the 2003 Prix Wepler for Le Vaillant petit tailleur, is one of the most inventive young authors on the French literary scene. His On the Ceiling (Au Plafond, 1997) and The Crab Nebula (La nebuleuse du crabe, 1993), translated by Jordan Stump, were published by the University of Nebraska Press. Alyson Waters's translation of Vassilis Alexakis's novel Foreign Words was published by Autumn Hill Books in 2006. She is currently translating two novels by Egyptian writer Albert Cossery, both of which are forthcoming with New Directions. Her translation of Rene Belletto's most recent novel, Coda, is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Yale.
Published July 10, 2012 by Archipelago. 138 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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