Adam Pollo, an amnesiac ex-student, has broken into an empty seaside villa. He visits the town at rare intervals and as briefly as his scanty purchases - cigarettes, biscuits, beer - permit. Soon lack of human contact affects him like a drug and he experiences other modes of being: through a dog's eye or a rat's . . . states of heightened consciousness which build up into a terrifying world of glaring hallucinatory experience. Then Adam addresses a small crowd in the town. His unnerving rhetoric ends in arrest and removal to an asylum. And there the interrogation begins . . .With this stunning debut novel Le Clezio was acclaimed as the most exciting figure to appear on the French literary scene since the death of Camus. The Interrogation still holds the power to grip and astonish today.
- Paperback | 224 pages
- 128 x 194 x 16mm | 140.61g
- 01 Jun 2009
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
'Praise for the 1964 edition: 'A brilliant and fascinating literary debut, flecked throughout with an originality and a freshness of thought which stirs the imagination' Sunday Telegraph 'Unusually original ... not since Antoine stared at his hand and wished it would turn into a frog in Sartre's La Nausee have I read a novel so successful in communicating the horrors of such trivia as muck up our day-to-day existence. This is a most remarkable literary debut' Spectator
About J. M. G. Le Clezio
J.M.G. Le Clezio was born on 13th April 1940 in Nice. He was educated at the University College of Nice and at Bristol and London universities. With his knowledge of English he was able to work closely with his translator on The Interrogation, his first novel, which won the Prix Renaudot in 1963. Since then has written over thirty highly acclaimed books and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2008.