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A Void Paperback – 3 Oct 1994

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harvill Press; New Ed edition (3 Oct. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860460984
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860460982
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,202,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Insomniac Anton Vowl is missing from his Paris rooms, and his companions look for information in his diary, in a work using no "e".

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"Here is a true tour de force: a full-length novel containing not a single E ... The translator's dazzling recreation conveys the author's near magical cleverness while preserving an underlying seriousness that makes this book much more than a curiosity" New Yorker

As his country is torn apart by social and political anarchy, A Void's protagonist Anton Vowl, a chronic insomniac, is unaccountably found missing. Ransacking his Paris flat, a group of his faithful companions trawl through his diary for any indication, for any faint hint, as to his locatin. All that it brings to light, though, is Vowl's liking for parody, wordplay and dazzling fictional constructs - and gradually, insidiously, a ghost from Vowl's past starts to cast its malignant shadow ...

This is a story chock-full of plots and subplots, of trails in pursuit of trails, all of which allow its author an occasion to display his customary virtuosity as an avantgardist magician, acrobat and clown.

A Void's translator, too, is just as brilliant at such linguistic conjuring tricks, fully, unflinchingly assuming a monstrous constraint laid down by its author - to propound a gripping Gothic fiction with lots of twists and turns and without at any point invoking that most basic prop of tradtional syntax: an e!

"Adair's translation is an astounding Anglicanisation of Francophonic mania, a daunting triumph of will pushing its way through imposing roadblocks to a magical country, an absurdist nirvana, of humour, pathos and loss." Paul Gray, Time

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