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"Virginie Despentes's Apocalypse Baby stored me up numerous nights in a row—in half simply because it is a really good page-turner, and partially simply because i used to be worried to work out how Despentes might maintain her narrative trip. Apocalypse Baby is greater than a compelling punk, queerish spin at the noir style. it's a choral functionality that tumbles its readers into the guts of violent spectacle, with all its attendant grief, unease, and unclarity."—Maggie Nelson, writer of The paintings of Cruelty and professor on the California Institute of the Arts

"Virginie Despentes's social feedback is blistering, yet her prose is laid-back. Apocalypse Baby is an addictive feminist mystery that reads like shameless gossip out of your smartest friend."—Johanna Fateman

Apocalypse Baby is a great, fast moving secret a couple of lacking adolescent woman touring via Paris and Barcelona. She is tailed via mismatched deepest investigators: the Hyena, half ruthless interrogator, half oversexed rock celebrity, and Lucie, her undeniable and passive—almost to the purpose of invisible—sidekick. As their determined seek unfolds, they interrogate a suspicious solid of characters, and the darkish center of up to date adolescence tradition is exposed.

Cult writer and filmmaker Virginie Despentes has written many award-winning books, together with King Kong Theory, and Apocalypse Baby, which gained the 2010 Prix Renaudot whilst it used to be first released in France. She is the co-director of the display variations of her arguable novels Baise-Moi and Bye Bye Blondie.

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Le Figaro has still not published anything about his latest book. He calls his publicist, a bimbo who thinks she’s charming. She has big thighs and thick ankles, he can’t think where she gets her confidence from. She’s not there, of course. No doubt accompanying some author who’s farther up the best-seller list. He asks her to call back, knowing full well she’ll forget to. He can’t get used to the polite indifference that greets his books when they come out—three vaguely favorable reviews, two minor TV shows, three provincial radio stations, and that’s it.

Without ever referring to it when the sheets were back in place. As soon as he hears that accent, he gets a hard-on. Her sophisticated Italian look when he took her out, her way of wrapping herself up so that you could only see her dark eyes, the curve of a shapely lip. The nonchalant way she let him open doors, or would give him a package to carry. Her regal manner, but without the irritating arrogance of Parisian women. Never trying to be a brilliant conversationalist when they were out for the evening, too beautiful for that.

That’s not exactly her problem. ” I ask myself what criteria the Hyena has in the questions she asks. As if the head is going to tell us that she was good at math and, eureka, we’d go and look for her in a chess tournament. The thing is, she puts her questions with such aplomb, and this ingratiating air of being serious and concerned, that the person facing her offers answers without realizing the absurdity of the conversation. “No, there are some assignments she hands in, and gets reasonable grades for”—the head is turning over the records so that the Hyena can see them, she’s completely eliminated me from her field of vision—“and there are some tests or assignments she doesn’t deign to do at all.

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