Television

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Dalkey Archive Press, 2004 - Fiction - 168 pages
3 Reviews
The amusingly odd protagonist and narrator of Jean-Philippe Toussaint's novel is an academic on sabbatical in Berlin to work on his book about Titian. With his research completed, all he has left to do is sit down and write. Unfortunately, he can't decide how to refer to his subject Titian, le Titien, Vecellio, Titian Vecellio so instead he starts watching TV continuously, until one day he decides to renounce the most addictive of twentieth-century inventions. As he spends his summer still not writing his book, he is haunted by television, from the video surveillance screens in a museum to a moment when it seems everyone in Berlin is tuned in to Baywatch. One of Toussaint's funniest antiheroes, the protagonist of Television turns daily occurrences into an entertaining reflection on society and the influence of television on our lives.
 

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Humorous and philosophical contemporary (1997) French fiction from Les Editions de Minuit, a publishing house born out of the French Resistance during WWII and noted for its catalog of avant-garde and ... Read full review

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User Review  - DieFledermaus - LibraryThing

This is a short, comic novella about an author who can’t write and can’t maintain his vow to give up TV. The tone is serious as the narrator contemplates the meaning of television and gives deadpan ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
43
Section 3
50
Section 4
57
Section 5
65
Section 6
75
Section 7
116
Section 8
151
Section 9
165
Section 10
177
Section 11
179
Section 12
180
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About the author (2004)

Jean-Philippe Toussaint is the author of nine novels, and the winner of numerous literary prizes, including the Prix Decembre for "The Truth about Marie". His writing has been compared to the works of Samuel Beckett, Jacques Tati, the films of Jim Jarmusch, and even Charlie Chaplin.

Jordan Stump is an associate professor of French at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and translator of more than half a dozen French novels.

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