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★ THE BROOKLYN RAIL ★ Review: Vernon Subutex 1
Virginie Despentes’s Vernon Subutex 1: review by Rebecca Rukeyser
… The characters in Vernon Subutex 1, in all their livid ugliness, thrust the reader into unexpected empathy. Vernon is a hangdog Everyman even at his most cretinous, and the most unsavory of his hosts reveal anguish layered under their scar tissue. Vernon Subutex grinds you to a pulp, but it also exposes you to something urgently human. This is a vital novel.