Class Trip & The Mustache

Emmanuel Carrere




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336 Pages


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"What would you say if I shaved off my mustache?" asks The Mustache's hero of his wife. Once removed, his wife and friends not only fail to recognize him, but deny the existence of the former mustache altogether. A metaphysical nightmare of the grandest kind, The Mustache is a blend of absurdist comedy and philosophical speculation.

In Class Trip, young Nicholas's vivid imagination gets the best of him when a boy disappears from a school excursion. What the youthful detective finds is even more terrifying than his wildest fantasies.

Brought together in one volume, the piercing early novels of Emmanuel Carrère constitute some of the most devastating psychological portraits in contemporary fiction.


Praise for Class Trip & The Mustache

"Fine and glossy and inexorable . . . Stunning."—John Updike, The New Yorker

"His command is total, his ear is perfect."—The Star-Ledger (Newark)

"Carrère has written a book that is likely to ensnare anyone who starts reading it—ingenious and authentically eerie."—The New York Times Book Review

"[A] singular method of storytelling . . . [a] masterstroke."—The Detroit Free Press

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  • Emmanuel Carrere

  • Emmanuel Carrère is the author of The Adversary, the novels Class Trip, The Mustache, and Gothic Romance, and most recently I Am Alive and You Are Dead, a biography of Philip K. Dick. He lives in Paris, France.

  • Emmanuel Carrère Annie Samuelson