By Virginie Despentes
"Virginie Despentes's Apocalypse child saved me up a number of nights in a row—in half simply because it's an awesome page-turner, and partially simply because i used to be apprehensive to work out how Despentes might maintain her narrative experience. Apocalypse child is greater than a compelling punk, queerish spin at the noir style. it's a choral functionality that tumbles its readers into the guts of violent spectacle, with all its attendant grief, unease, and unclarity."—Maggie Nelson, writer of The artwork of Cruelty and professor on the California Institute of the Arts
"Virginie Despentes's social feedback is blistering, yet her prose is laid-back. Apocalypse child is an addictive feminist mystery that reads like shameless gossip out of your smartest friend."—Johanna Fateman
Apocalypse child is a brilliant, fast moving secret a few lacking adolescent lady touring via Paris and Barcelona. She is tailed by means of mismatched inner most investigators: the Hyena, half ruthless interrogator, half oversexed rock superstar, and Lucie, her undeniable and passive—almost to the purpose of invisible—sidekick. As their determined seek unfolds, they interrogate a suspicious forged of characters, and the darkish center of latest formative years tradition is exposed.
Cult writer and filmmaker Virginie Despentes has written many award-winning books, together with King Kong concept, and Apocalypse child, which gained the 2010 Prix Renaudot whilst it was once first released in France. She is the co-director of the reveal variations of her debatable novels Baise-Moi and Bye Bye Blondie.
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There are dark circles under his eyes, he’s drunk too much these last few days. He thinks his complexion looks greenish. The sleeping pills probably. He can’t get used to graying at the temples. At least he’s not losing his hair, it could be worse. But seeing himself in the mirror is still an unpleasant shock. He can’t get used to being this middle-aged man. On the radio, a minister is talking about locking up pedophiles who might reoffend. Three psychiatrists have been invited along with him, to oppose the decision.
So he could say he was returning home after playing poker with his friends all night, that he was doing research in bars for his novel, that he’d had a latenight discussion with his publisher. He had only to take the trouble to invent an excuse for her to choose to believe it. Her trust had at first bothered him with remorse. A woman so affectionate and upright that she couldn’t even imagine he would lie to her. He felt guilty, but unable to stop himself being turned on by a new acquaintance, a presence, a way of moving, of standing in a room, a smile, or a voice.
Sorry. ” get inside the door of Valentine’s posh school, you’re suffocated by that typical atmosphere of factories for turning out kids. A mixture of boredom and rebelliousness. I’ve gotten used to waiting outside school THE MINUTE YOU — 60 — gates, but I’ve never before had occasion to go inside. The headmistress comes to fetch us, and we go along the main corridor, where the classroom doors are still open. The sight of all the tables lined up, the blackboards, and the maps hanging on the walls suddenly makes me want to cry.