A vertiginous black comedy by one of France's most exciting new novelists Winner of France's most prestigious prize for a first novel, School's Out is a gripping re-imagining of Lord of the Flies, at once scarier and funnier than its prototype. When high school teacher Éric Capadis is found dead, an apparent suicide, his friend Pierre Hoffman takes over his class. The students in 9F are well behaved yet oddly menacing. Hoffman's colleagues warn him to watch out for them. But it's only when he agrees to accompany his charges on a school trip to the Normandy coast that he begins to understand the reason for their bizarre solidarity. School's Out is a triumph of nihilism and surreal wit.
- Paperback | 326 pages
- 127 x 180.3 x 17.8mm | 199.58g
- 01 Jun 2007
- Penguin Books
- New York, NY, United States
In this brilliant and surreal French thriller, a teacher commits suicide and a colleague takes over his class of strangely unsettling children. A novel that skates close to fantasy, it is also chillingly observant about our society and the children it produces.
DufossTÆs book exudes a chilling malaise which leaves an indelible mark on the reader. (Le Figaro) An extraordinary first novel. (The Times, London) DufossT is roughly what youÆd get if you crossed Houellebecq with Alan Warner. His writing is cool, sexy and sinister. (Esquire) Brilliant . . . Forcibly reminds one of Donna TarttÆs The Secret History (Elle)