France

Arnon Grunberg

Lundis bleus (1999)
Douleur fantôme (2003)
L'Oiseau est malade (2006)
Le Messie juif (2007)
Le Bonheur attrapé par un singe (2008)
Tirza (2009)
Notre oncle (2011)
L'Homme sans maladie (2014)
Tout cru (2015)


Marek van der Jagt

L'Histoire de ma calvitie (2003)
Je suis monogame (2005)



 
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Douleur fantôme



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ISBN 2-259-19514-8
Publisher Plon, Paris
Original title Fantoompijn (2000)
Year 2003
Country France
Language French
Translator Olivier Van Wersch-Cot

Description

Phantom Pain

Once a literary novelist of some respectability, now brought low by the double insult of obscurity and crippling debt, Robert G. Mehlman is a man in need of money and recognition, fast. It is, of course, to cookery writing that he turns. A practised decadent, a habitual spendthrift and a serial womaniser, he has, ostensibly, all the right qualities. But the path of fame is never a smooth one.
Phantom Pain is the bitterly funny but unpublished manuscript of Mehlman’s autobiography. In it, he tells the parallel stories of his decaying marriage and his affair with a woman he meets by chance and who accompanies him on the road. Their journey takes them on a chauffeur-driven, midnight run from New York to Atlantic City where they gamble away most of Mehlman’s remaining funds and then north, to Albany, where his unlikely salvation and the inspiration for his book Polish-Jewish Cuisine in 69 Recipes lie.

Read a chapter in English here.


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