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Vernon Subutex 1

(2017)
(The first book in the Vernon Subutex series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Man Booker International Prize Best Book (nominee)
Short-listed for the Man Booker International 2018

Who is Vernon Subutex? An urban legend. A fall from grace. The mirror who reflects us all.

Vernon Subutex was once the proprietor of Revolver, an infamous music shop in Bastille. His legend spread throughout Paris. But by the 2000s his shop is struggling. With his savings gone, his unemployment benefit cut and the friend who had been covering his rent suddenly dead, Vernon Subutex finds himself down and out on the Paris streets.

He has one final card up his sleeve. Even as he holds out his hand to beg for the first time, a throwaway comment he once made on Facebook is taking the internet by storm. Vernon does not realise this, but the word is out: Vernon Subutex has in his possession the last filmed recordings of Alex Bleach, the famous musician and Vernon's benefactor, who has only just died of a drug overdose. A crowd of people from record producers to online trolls and porn stars are now on Vernon's trail.

Translated from the French by Frank Wynne.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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November 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Vernon Subutex 1: A Novel
Author(s): Virginie Despentes
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Title: Vernon Subutex One: English edition (Maclehose Press Editions)
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ISBN: 0-85705-542-9 / 978-0-85705-542-2 (UK edition)
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Title: Vernon Subutex One: English edition
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ISBN: 0-85705-541-0 / 978-0-85705-541-5 (UK edition)
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November 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Vernon Subutex 1: A Novel
Author(s): Virginie Despentes, Frank Wynne
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June 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Vernon Subutex One: English Edition
Author(s): Virginie Despentes, Frank Wynne - translator
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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June 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Vernon Subutex One: English Edition
Author(s): Virginie Despentes, Frank Wynne - translator
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Availability: Amazon AU   


June 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Vernon Subutex One: English Edition
Author(s): Virginie Despentes, Frank Wynne - translator
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Availability: Amazon UK   


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November 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Vernon Subutex 1: A Novel
Author(s): Virginie Despentes
Publisher: FSG Originals
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June 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Vernon Subutex One: English edition (MacLehose Press Editions)
Author(s): Virginie Despentes
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU