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★ The Guardian ★ Vernon Subutex 1 by Virginie Despentes review – foul-mouthed satire of modern France

The Guardian logo“With the first in a picaresque trilogy, now shortlisted for the Man Booker international prize, Virginie Despentes has delivered both an achingly cool punk burlesque and a satirical epic with nods to Rabelais and Swift. A foul-mouthed skewering of the morass that is modern society, and France in particular, the book is translated by Frank Wynne with such dynamism and verve that the reader can barely keep pace.”

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