Someone Else by Tonino Benacquista

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“Breathless pace. Touches effortlessly on identity, love, alcohol, and the cynicism of the business world.”—Les Echos

Who hasn’t wanted to become “someone else”? Over a drink in Paris, two men give each other three years to see which one can more radically alter his life. Blin becomes a private detective. He takes on a new identity, even a surgically altered face. Gredzinski, a self-effacing corporate executive, discovers liquor that evening and rapidly yields to the sensuality and self-confidence induced by alcoholism. Things get complicated when Blin is hired by an ex-lover to find himself and when Gredzinski secretly follows his girlfriend to her home. A helter-skelter tale of humor and suspense.

Winner of the literary prize RTL-Lire.


About Tonino Benacquista

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Tonino Benacquista was born in France in 1961. He is a screenwriter, cartoonist, dramaturge, and the author of four crime novels published by Bitter Lemon Press, among them Holy Smoke. Benacquista won a Cesar (French Oscar) in 2006 for the script of Jacques Audiard's The Beat that My Heart Skipped. He lives in France. Alison Anderson 's translations for Europa Editions include novels by Sélim Nassib, Amélie Nothomb and Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. She is the translator of Muriel Barbery's novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog, a New York Times bestseller.
Published August 31, 2012 by Bitter Lemon Press. 314 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Travel. Fiction

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Blin switches careers-and identies-to live out his youthful fantasy, ""hiding behind two words which had a magical and yet very real ring to them in his mind: private detective."" With a surgically reconstructed face, Blin becomes P.I.

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I loved Tonino Benacquista's first book HOLY SMOKE, which featured a French-Italian bloke who inherited a dodgy vineyard in Italy.

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