article on Antoine Volodine, enigmatic author

 

I first discovered the enigmatic "Antoine Volodine" while translating this essay by Lionel Ruffel on the function of interrogations in his various novels. It took me thirteen years, but I finally included his novel Le Nom des singes (Naming the Jungle) in my Science and Literature class, Winter 2016. My students are rock stars: they read this in French! If you like puzzling dystopian worlds that comment on our fucked up world, then read Volodine. Here is a good taste of the author's fiction.

 

 

 

Lionel Ruffel, Interrogation: A Post Exotic Device, Substance, 2003

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