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Biography of X

Catherine Lacey


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Coup de coeur
Coup de coeur (Literature), by Maria
After the death of her wife, the elusive avant-garde artist X, our narrator embarks on a course of discovery prompting her to question to what extent she (or indeed anyone) truly knew X. Interspersing fact and fiction, this novel wonderfully interrogates the thin line between reality and what we construct as reality as Lacey plays with fact and fiction. So good that you'll want to read the (fabricated) endnotes!
'Brilliant, astonishing' Chris Kraus'Sly, brilliant, philosophically acute, bitingly funny, and a pure joy to spend hours with' Lauren GroffWhen X - the iconoclastic artist, musician and writer - dies suddenly, CM, her widow, hurls herself into writing a biography of the woman she deified. The story will lead her deep into the Southern Territory - a fascist theocracy that split from the rest of the USA after World War II - before revealing the full weight of X's secrets, and the depth of her betrayal. 'A thriller set against a backdrop of political intrigue, an elegy, an art world satire and a thought experiment too... One of the most interesting books you'll read this year...' Financial Times'A profound novel about love and what it can license, about the toll - and maybe the con - of genius' Garth Greenwell'Sprawling and ambitious... Strange and dystopian... This is a major novel' New York Times
Publisher: Granta Books
Binding: Paperback
Publication date: 04 Apr 2024
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 26 mm
ISBN: 9781783789290