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97,196 Words


Emmanuel Carrere



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03 March 2021
From the bestselling author of The Adversary and 'France's greatest writer of nonfiction' (New York Times), the first collection of Carr re's essays in English.

Read the definitive essay collection from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Adversary, dubbed 'France's greatest writer of non-fiction' (New York Times) 'The most exciting living writer' Karl Ove Knausgaard Over the course of his career, Emmanuel Carr re has reinvented non-fiction writing. In a search for truth in all its guises, he dispenses with the rules of genre. For him, no form is out of reach- theology, historiography, reportage and memoir - among many others - are fused under the pressure of an inimitable combination of passion, curiosity and intellect that has made Carr re one of our most distinctive and important literary voices today.

97,196 Words introduces Carr re's shorter work to an English-language audience. Featuring more than thirty extraordinary texts written over an illustrious twenty-five-year period of Carr re's creative life, the book shows a remarkable mind at work. Spanning continents, histories, and personal relationships, 97,196 Words considers the divides between truth, reality and our shared humanity, exploring remarkable events and eccentric lives, including Carr re's own.

* A New York Times Notable Book *
Imprint:   Vintage
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   244g
ISBN:   9781784705824
ISBN 10:   1784705829
Pages:   384
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Emmanuel Carr re, novelist, filmmaker, journalist, and biographer, is the award-winning internationally renowned author of The Adversary (a Sunday Times bestseller and New York Times Notable Book, translated into twenty-three languages), Lives Other Than My Own, My Life as a Russian Novel, Class Trip, Limonov (winner of the 2011 Prix Renaudot), The Mustache and, most recently, The Kingdom.

Reviews for 97,196 Words: Essays

A superb collection of essays by Emmanuel Carrere, one of the best storytellers around... When Carrere writes a story, he knows how to stir up powerful and conflicting emotions in his reader, which is one of the reasons he's so good... It's the best book I've read for ages. -- William Leith * Evening Standard *Books of the Year* * The most exciting living writer. -- Karl Ove Knausgaard Emmanuel Carrere is known for the way he bends and breaks genres... [he] is the most celebrated writer of high-end nonfiction in France... the core of Mr Carrere's talent is precisely that he brings readers into sympathetic contact with others, powerful and powerless, insiders and outsiders... It is a masterful illusion. * Economist * Impossible not to fall in love with...Carrere is regarded as a superstar writer... it is a joy to be reminded of all the wonderful things that [creative non-fiction] can do. -- Kathryn Hughes * Guardian * Emmanuel Carrere, a man fascinated by crime, eroticism and the oddities of human behaviour, is arguably France's most original living writer of non-fiction... he creates reportage, that, with its insight and humanity, is closer to literature than journalism. -- Nick Rennison * Sunday Times *

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