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It’s him, Eddie

Gary Indiana: Carrère’s Limonov

22 October 2014
Limonov: A Novel 
by Emmanuel Carrère, translated by John Lambert.
Allen Lane, 340 pp., £20, October 2014, 978 1 84614 820 0
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... The prologue​ of Limonov places EmmanuelCarrère in Moscow, circa 2006, at a commemoration ceremony outside the Dubrovka Theatre, where in 2002 the Nord-Ost hostage crisis ended when the Russian military pumped Fentanyl gas into the theatre ...

The it’s your whole life

Iain Bamforth: Jean-Claude Romand

22 March 2001
The Adversary: A True Story of Murder and Deception 
by Emmanuel Carrère, translated by Linda Coverdale.
Bloomsbury, 183 pp., £14.99, January 2001, 0 7475 5189 8
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... began a detailed investigation while the French papers had a field day. Having first read about the murder that week, on the day he finished a biography of the science fiction writer Philip K. Dick, EmmanuelCarrère, writer, père de famille, and Romand’s contemporary, finally decided that the only person who could answer the questions that had begun to trouble him was Romand himself. Six months after ...

Kick over the Scenery

Stephanie Burt: Philip K. Dick

3 July 2008
Four Novels of the 1960s: ‘The Man in the High Castle’, ‘The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch’, ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’, ‘Ubik’ 
by Philip K. Dick.
Library of America, 830 pp., $35, May 2008, 978 1 59853 009 4
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Five Novels of the 1960s and 1970s: ‘Martian Time-Slip’, ‘Dr Bloodmoney’, ‘Now Wait for Last Year’, ‘Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said’, ‘A Scanner Darkly’ 
by Philip K. Dick.
Library of America, 1128 pp., $40, August 2008, 978 1 59853 025 4
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... It seems hard to believe that someone who took so many pills at the start of the 1960s could be taking even more by the decade’s end, but Dick was: ‘a thousand tablets of Methedrine a week’, EmmanuelCarrère says in his biography, ‘and 40 mg of Stelazine a day – not to mention the various little fixes … that he could never turn down.’1 By 1970 Dick lived in the house whose highs and lows ...

Episteme, My Arse

Christopher Tayler: Laurent Binet

14 June 2017
The Seventh Function of Language 
by Laurent Binet, translated by Sam Taylor.
Harvill Secker, 390 pp., £16.99, May 2017, 978 1 910701 58 4
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... about politics being reduced to a media spectacle. On another it’s an excursion into ‘exofiction’, an effort to rejig relations between fiction and history that puts Binet among such figures as EmmanuelCarrère, Javier Cercas and Álvaro Enrigue. And on another it’s an exercise in pure intellectual slapstick of the kind that French humourists do well, though if Binet has also read Ellis’s ...

Enrique of the Silver Tongue

Christopher Tayler: A ‘Novel without Fiction’

22 March 2018
The Impostor 
by Javier Cercas, translated by Frank Wynne.
MacLehose Press, 429 pp., £20, November 2017, 978 0 85705 650 4
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... disputed the book’s claim that he had once owned a beachfront flat and implied that Cercas had made him look bad out of hostility to the Catalan left.) One model for The Impostor, Cercas says, was EmmanuelCarrère’s The Adversary (2000), in which Carrère doesn’t efface himself from the non-fictional story he tells. That book’s subject was an impostor who killed his wife, his two children, his ...

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