Books by Jean Echenoz

I'M GONE by Jean Echenoz
Released: May 6, 2014

"French writer Echenoz brings a revised edition of his 1999 novel to American readers with an introduction by Lily Tuck. The translation by Polizzotti is elegant, emphasizing the book's wry humor with economical emphasis. This novel is a quick read and a true jewel."
A mystery that doubles as a sly work of serious literature. Read full book review >
1914 by Jean Echenoz
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A readable fictional introduction to the Great War for those who know nothing about it but inessential for anyone who's read Ernest Hemingway or John Roderigo Dos Passos."
Four young Frenchmen confront the grim reality of trench warfare in a spare, elliptical novel from Goncourt-winner Echenoz (Lightning, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
LIGHTNING by Jean Echenoz
Released: June 1, 2011

"They glitter, but don't expect more."

The latest, very short novel from the French Echenoz profiles the eccentric genius of electrical engineering, Nikola Tesla. 

It follows two other fictional treatments of real people: Ravel (2007) and Running (2009), about the Czech runner Zátopek. Read full book review >

RUNNING by Jean Echenoz
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"An engaging but subdued portrait of a legend. "
Understated novel about the rise and fall of Czech runner Emil Zátopek. Read full book review >
RAVEL by Jean Echenoz
Released: June 1, 2007

"An exquisitely written novel in which not much happens, yet everything is significant."
French author Echenoz (Piano, 2004, etc.) quietly chronicles the final ten years of composer Maurice Ravel's life. Read full book review >
PIANO by Jean Echenoz
Released: April 15, 2004

"A trifle that at times has trouble filling its own pages and is often too coy for its own good. Probably more fun for those who don't yet know that death doesn't hurt and that God is a skinny guy named Lopez."
The latest from Goncourt-winning Echenoz (also see p. 143), starts well but ends up wan and thin. Read full book review >
I’M GONE by Jean Echenoz
Released: March 1, 2001

"Amazingly, the shaggy tale winds up more conclusively than any of Echenoz's four previously translated novels (Big Blondes, 1997, etc.), though nearly every sentence crackles with enough sly humor to keep the author's postmodern credentials intact."
Crime novel, the 1999 Prix Goncourt-winner, that's also a whimsical tale of the eternal (and eternally rewarding) midlife search for new partners and a deadpan commentary on its own contrivances. Read full book review >
BIG BLONDES by Jean Echenoz
Released: June 1, 1997

Big Blondes ($22.00; June 1997; 208 pp.; 1-56584-340-1): This noir-derived comic thriller (a close relation to such splendidly deranged predecessors as its author's Cherokee, 1987, and Lac, 1995) recounts a TV producer's elaborate pursuit of a fugitive pop singer, the glamorous and quite possibly dangerous Gloria Stella. Read full book review >

LAC by Jean Echenoz
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

An amusingly fast-paced, if willfully deranged, parody of the spy thriller genre, by the prizewinning author of Cherokee (1987) and Double Jeopardy (1993). Winner of both France's Prix MÇdicis and the 1990 European Literature Prize, this is a comic-surrealist romp, long on ingenuity and short on conventional logic and unity, done up in the agreeably eccentric manner of Raymond Queneau, with nods in the direction of the experimentalist Ou Li Po group of writers (which Queneau inspired), whose best-known member was the late Georges Perec. Read full book review >

Released: April 1, 1993

``Everything will come in twos,'' announces geomancer Bouc Bel- Air to Paul Bergman, one of the placidly nondescript heroes of this waggish fantasia circling vaguely around themes of lost love, friendship, wandering, and curiously weightless felony—most of them appearing, yes, in twos. Let's see, now. Read full book review >