New Toussaint Coming from Dalkey

In a couple of weeks Dalkey will publish the latest Toussaint translation, Self-Portrait Abroad, coming in at a whopping 80 pages. This one sounds a bit more Running Away than Television. It’s described by its translator, John Lambert, at Words…

About 5,000 Reasons to Read Jean-Philippe Toussaint

That’s roughly what you’ll find in Tom McCarthy’s excellent LRB essay on the author. Placing Toussaint into the context of post-nouveaux roman authors (though McCarthy notes that Toussaint claims to find Robbe-Grillet unreadable), he offers excellent readings of most of…

Review of Running Away

Nice to see a review of Jean Philippe Toussaint’s Running Away at Words Without Borders, although the general cold-shouldering of this author continues to baffle me (well, not really . . .): This brief summary leaves out the feelings that…

CR Readers’ Picks

Based on Amazon purchases made through links on this website, the following are the "picks" of Conversational Reading’s readers for 2008: #1 By a large margin, The Invention of Morel was the most popular purchase among readers of this blog….

Publishing Toussaint at Dakley

Dalkey Archive editor and Quarterly Conversation contributor Martin Riker has a piece at the Semininary Co-Op Blog about how Dalkey came to publish three Jean-Philippe Toussaint works in the same year. There’s something very exciting about publishing several of an…

Toussaint at Splice Today

Quarterly Conversation contributor John Lingan writes on Jean-Philippe Toussaint at Splice Today. This is the philosophical thrust of Toussaint’s early work. The books’ aloof protagonists and unadorned language recall The Stranger, but Toussaint makes his larger points stylistically where Camus…

Toussaint Reviews

The Complete Review reviews the two new Dalkey books by Jean-Philippe Toussaint. As a reminder, The Bathroom is a reissue of the original English translation of Toussaint’s first published novel, and Camera is an original translation of one of Toussaint’s…

Television

Scott McLemee looks at what sounds like the antecedent to Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s short novel Television. Odd and nonlinear “Within the Context of No Context” itself certainly is. It is short, consisting of a number of brief sections. They range from…