The Investigation

Author(s): Philippe Claudel

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The Investigator is despatched to a provincial town to find out the truth behind a disturbing spate of suicides amongst employees of The Firm. But from the moment he steps off the train, he finds himself in a world that is alien, unrecognisable, and diabolically complex. From the hostile weather and the fickle hospitality at Hotel Hope to the town's bewildering inhabitants, everything seems to be against him to the point where he wonders whether he is trapped in a recurring nightmare, or has passed into the realm of death itself. Cold, hungry and humiliated, and always one step behind, he nevertheless remains determined to find the only man he can hold to account - The Firm's legendary but elusive founder. The Investigation is an enthralling fable in which our own world is turned on its head, and where the only answers are more questions. Philippe Claudel - author of Brodeck's Report and Monsieur Linh and His Child - is one of Europe's most daring and versatile novelists.


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'Written with such relish, inventiveness, imagination and brio, that it is consistently entertaining' Allan Massie, Scotsman. 'The novel is frequently very funny, but it also skillfully evokes the insidious, modern fear that we, like the Investigator, are playing bit parts in some vast, incomprehensible system' Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal. 'A complex novel of ideas ... [Claudel] has managed a rare trick' David Annand, Daily Telegraph. 'The twists develop with venomous imagination and the wider themes are elegantly explored' David Mills, Sunday Times.

Philippe Claudel is a novelist, film director and university lecturer. He is the author of Grey Souls, Brodeck's Report and Monsieur Linh and His Child and was appointed to l'academie Goncourt in 2012. Daniel Hahn translates from the French and Portuguese. His translation of Jose Eduardo Agualusa's The Book of Chameleons received the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2006.

General Fields

  • : 9780857051578
  • : Quercus
  • : MacLehose Press
  • : 0.17
  • : January 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Philippe Claudel
  • : Paperback
  • : 224