My Friends

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Northwestern University Press, 2000 - Fiction - 150 pages
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Emanuel Bove's first novel, My Friends, relates the story of Victor Baton, a wounded war veteran trying to reestablish his prewar lifestyle but avoid work. Living in a run-down boardinghouse, Baton spends his days searching working-class Paris for the modest comforts of warmth, cheap meals, and friendship, but he finds little. And despite his situation, Baton remains vain and unsympathetic, a Bovian antihero to the fullest. Bove himself called My Friends, published in France in 1923, a "novel of impoverished solitude." The book drew praise from such writers as Rilke, Gide, and, later, Beckett, and is to this day perhaps the author's most celebrated work.

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User Review  - Blake Nelson - Goodreads

A 24 year old unemployed weirdo wanders around 1920's Paris. He describes people in his life, the circumstances of his life, the weird emptiness of his life. It's not hard to read something like this (plotless) if it's really short and to the point, and this is. Read full review

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User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

A masterpiece. This book describes humanity, what it really mean to be a human and how we act towards each other. It is sad that this book is not better known. Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Bove was born in Paris and with Colette's patronage became a popular writer, dividing his career between pulp fiction written by the yard and a handful of serious novels upon which his now major reputation rests.

Louth is a translator.

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