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