An audacious and compelling social satire from Virginie Despentes, which casts a penetrating light on the dark underbelly of modern urban life.

When the friend who had been covering his rent selfishly dies, Vernon, a struggling record shop owner, finds himself out on the Paris streets. But as he begs from strangers, a throwaway comment on Facebook is taking the internet by storm. The word is out: Vernon Subutex possesses the last filmed recordings of music star Alex Bleach, who recently died of a drug overdose. Suddenly a horde of dubious characters, from record producers to porn stars, are all on Vernon’s trail.

The Man Booker International Prize 2018
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MacLehose Press
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Virginie Despentes

Virginie Despentes

About the Author

Writer and filmmaker Virginie Despentes was born in Nancy, France, in June 1969.
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Frank Wynne

Frank Wynne

About the Translator

Frank Wynne is an award-winning Irish writer and translator from French and Spanish.
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