Books by Bruce Benderson

Bruce Benderson is the first American to receive the Prix de Flore. He is the author of two works of fiction, User and Pretending to Say No, and several works of nonfiction, including Toward the New Degeneracy. He is a translator of French literature who

MON AMIE AMÉRICAINE by Michèle Halberstadt
Released: April 12, 2016

"If at times the novel suffers from its slightness, its dark conclusion is astonishing in its honesty."
Two women in the film industry, one from New York and the other from Paris, share a close friendship ruptured by trauma. Read full book review >
REPORT ON MYSELF by Grégoire Bouillier
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"An author who vaunts his 'likable kookiness' finds fresh invention in the sum lessons of his life."
Tender, witty memoir about the contortions of childhood and first love. Read full book review >
THE ROMANIAN by Bruce Benderson
Released: Feb. 2, 2006

"Repetitive, smarmy and self-satisfied. Slumming never seemed quite so bourgeois."
Dissolute writer with a yen for rough trade goes to Romania, finds rough Romanian. Read full book review >
WHORE by Nelly Arcan
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Hard to get a handle on this very French-feeling, waiflike work that teases like a meal the anorexic Cynthia isn't allowed to swallow: ill-nourished fiction, overall, suggesting unconvincingly that this 'caged life is the only one possible.'"
A seemingly interminable (in spite of its size) and sophomoric exercise in automatic writing pursuing the existential woes of a 20-year-old escort-cum-prostitute. Read full book review >
USER by Bruce Benderson
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"Benderson has a tremendous talent and a real feel for the night-world of New York; the question is how much readers can take."
A startling and eerie second novel by Benderson (Pretending to Say No, 1991, etc.) provides an unvarnished glimpse into a netherworld of drug dealers, transvestites, transsexuals, and prostitutes. Read full book review >