The Man Who Walked through Walls by Marcel Ayme

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...a translation...while retaining the Gallic flavour, reads as though the stories were composed in English, it is so smooth and graceful. I would almost promise I will personally come round and refund your money if you aren't delighted by them.
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The excellent Monsieur Dutilleul has always been able to pass through walls, but has never seen the point of using his gift, given the general availability of doors. One day, however, his tyrannical boss drives him to desperate, creative measures—he develops a taste for intramural travel and becomes something of a super-villain. How will the unassuming clerk adjust to a glamorous life of crime? Aymé's genius lies in imagining the practical unfolding of bizarre and difficult situations. In each story, anarchic comedy is arrested by moments of pathos, only to descend into anarchy and hilarity once more …
 

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Marcel Aymé: MARCEL AYMÉ was born in Joigny, France in 1902. Following his studies at the Collège de Dole he moved to Paris and worked, most notably, as a journalist. Aymé was able to dedicate himself entirely to literature following the success of The Green Mare, a dark satire on sexuality published in 1933. Following the German occupation and the French resistance, Aymé’s ironic, and often disillusioned perception of the state of affairs in France during this period, produced a body of work that is still placed at the forefront of twentieth century French literature. Marcel Aymé died in Paris in 1967. Sophie Lewis: Sophie Lewis is a freelance writer and translator from French. She writes for the TLS, PN Review, The Jewish Chronicle, The Liberal Magazine, The Spectator and other publications. She also manages European operations for the American independent publisher, Dalkey Archive Press
 
Published August 28, 2012 by Pushkin Collection. 304 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Sep 04 2012

...a translation...while retaining the Gallic flavour, reads as though the stories were composed in English, it is so smooth and graceful. I would almost promise I will personally come round and refund your money if you aren't delighted by them.

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