The Flood

The Flood

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Francois Besson listens to a tape recording of a girl contemplating suicide. Drifting through the days in a provincial city, he thoughtlessly starts a fire in his apartment, attends confession, and examines, with great intentness but without affection, a naked woman he wakes beside. And, as Besson moves through an ugly and threatening rain, his thoughts eventually lead to violence, first turned outward and then directed languidly against himself.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 16mm | 160g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141191406
  • 9780141191409
  • 394,612

About J. M. G. Le Clezio

J.M.G. Le Clezio was born on 13 April 1940 in Nice and was educated at the University College of Nice and at Bristol and London universities. His knowledge of English enabled him to work closely with his translator on his debut novel, The Interrogation, which won the Prix Renaudot in 1963. Since then he has written over forty highly acclaimed books and has been translated into thirty-six languages. The Interrogation is published by Penguin and three of his early novels are now Penguin Modern Classics: The Flood, Terra Amata and Fever. Le Clezio divides his time between France (Nice, Paris and Brittany), New Mexico and Mauritius. In 2008 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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'This terrifying vision of existence is conveyed with intense poetic power' Guardian
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167 ratings
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4 23% (38)
3 27% (45)
2 21% (35)
1 14% (24)
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