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By Virginie Despentes

"Virginie Despentes's Apocalypse child saved me up numerous nights in a row—in half simply because it's a great page-turner, and partly simply because i used to be frightened to work out how Despentes might maintain her narrative experience. Apocalypse child is greater than a compelling punk, queerish spin at the noir style. it's a choral functionality that tumbles its readers into the center 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 child is an addictive feminist mystery that reads like shameless gossip out of your smartest friend."—Johanna Fateman

Apocalypse child is a brilliant, fast moving secret a couple of lacking adolescent woman touring via Paris and Barcelona. She is tailed via mismatched inner most investigators: the Hyena, half ruthless interrogator, half oversexed rock superstar, and Lucie, her simple and passive—almost to the purpose of invisible—sidekick. As their determined seek unfolds, they interrogate a suspicious forged of characters, and the darkish middle of latest early life tradition is exposed.

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

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As soon as he discovered them, he realized he had entered the tenth circle of hell. Parallel little comments, deaf to each other, all in the same format, laconic and sickeningly hostile. Mediocrity had found its voice: the comments on the Internet. He wasn’t even being insulted. He would have liked to be able to rage and complain about the way he was treated. But he wasn’t even interesting enough for these sick fashionistas to launch campaigns against him. He was reduced to writing under a pseudonym, a few words of subtly critical praise for himself on the literary forums and blogs.

I think she’s even hiding a smile by the end, seeing the look on my face. We’re blocked by a delivery truck that’s created a small traffic jam. I sulk and look out of the window. Some morons are hooting their horns behind us. Three young girls cross the road. Parisian style on the cheap. Slim, longlegged, fashionable little furry boots, big busts, and big tote bags with fringes. Cut-price copies of authentically rich sluts from the Marais, the kind who put on a tarty look but make you think of ads for perfume, not of little working-class girls from the projects.

The Hyena gives them a thumbs up, to show she thinks they look good, and also sees fit to insist, yelling, “Hiya girls! ” They hurry on and don’t burst into nervous giggles until they’re about a hundred feet away. ” As if that was the problem. “I like girls. I like girls too much. ” “Don’t you think they might feel insulted getting whistled at in the street? “Insulted? No, they’re hets, they’re used to being treated like dogs, they think it’s normal. But it’s a nice change to hear it from a superb specimen like me.

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