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- DescriptionThe narrator in Jean-Luc Beziglio's Privy Portrait has fallen on hard times. His wife and young daughter have abandoned him, he has work or prospects, he's blind in one eye, and he must move into a horribly tiny apartment with his only possession: a twenty-five-volume encyclopedia. His neighbors, the Shritzkys, are vulgar, narrow-minded, and racist. And because he has space for his encyclopedia in his cramped room, he stores it in the communal bathroom, which becomes a major point of contention with his neighbors. The bathroom is also the only place he can find refuge from the Shritzkys' blaring television, and he barricades himself in it to read his encyclopedia, much to the chagrin of the rest of the residents of the building. Darkly amusing, Privy Portrait is the mologue of a man, disoriented by the gaping void of t kwing his own nationality, recounting the final remnants of his own sanity and his life. In this buffoonish, even grotesque, yet deeply pitiful man, Beziglio explores, with a light yet profound touch, weighty themes such as the roles of family, history, one's moral responsibility toward others, and the fragility of personal identity.
- Author BiographyJean-Luc Benoziglio has written fourteen novels and won several prestigious literary awards including the Prix Medecis for Privy Portrait. Tess Lewis has translated seven books and numerous essays and articles from French and German.
- Author(s)Jean-Luc Benoziglio
- PublisherSeagull Books London Ltd
- Date of Publication02/09/2014
- SubjectRomance & Sagas
- Place of PublicationGreenford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintSeagull Books London Ltd
- Content Notefrontispiece
- Weight666 g
- Width150 mm
- Height250 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Translated byTess Lewis
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