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Vernon Subutex 2

(2018)
(The second book in the Vernon Subutex series)
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Part social epic, part punk-rock thriller, writer/filmmaker Virginie Despentes's Vernon Subutex trilogy continues the Man Booker International Prize shortlisted sprawling tale of an ex-record shop clerk's celebrity fortunes and misfortunes.

Rock star Alex Bleach might be dead, but he has a secret. It's a secret that concerns several people, but the only person who can unlock it is Vernon Subutex, former record shop proprietor turned homeless messiah and guru, last seen hallucinating and feverish on a bench. He has tapes of Alex that will shake the world. The hunt is on, and the wolves are closing in.

Meanwhile, the cast of lovers and killers in Vernon's orbit is in violent disarray. Aicha wants to know the truth behind the death of her mother, the porn star Vodka Satana. And if she finds the bastards responsible, she wants to make them pay, whatever Celeste thinks of her plan. Celeste wants Aicha to get a grip and stop hanging around with Subutex's gang of disciples. The Hyena wants to find the Bleach tapes. She wants to untangle her complicated feelings about Anais, her boss's assistant. And speaking of her boss, she does not want Laurent Dopalet to discover how badly she has double-crossed him.

Big-shot producer Laurent Dopalet wants the Hyena to find and destroy the Bleach tapes. He wants to forget he ever knew Vodka Satana. He wants people to stop graffitiing his apartment with ludicrous allegations. Above all, he wants people to understand: NONE OF THIS IS HIS FAULT.

"Virginie Despentes's Vernon Subutex trilogy is the zeitgeistiest thing I ever read . . . [It] has dupes and assholes and racists and the people they hate and a stunning diversity of internal monologues and trans true love. Like the last decade, it searches for a happy ending that isn't merely personal and can't find it . . . These novels with their depth and detail kick TV's sorry ass." - Nell Zink, Bustle, "The Best Books Of The 2010s"

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Paperback Editions

July 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Vernon Subutex 2: A Novel
Author(s): Virginie Despentes
ISBN: 0-374-28325-7 / 978-0-374-28325-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: FSG Originals
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June 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Vernon Subutex Two
Author(s): Virginie Despentes
ISBN: 0-85705-583-6 / 978-0-85705-583-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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July 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Vernon Subutex Two
Author(s): Virginie Despentes
ISBN: 0-85705-582-8 / 978-0-85705-582-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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Kindle Editions

July 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Vernon Subutex 2: A Novel
Author(s): Virginie Despentes
Publisher: FSG Originals
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July 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Vernon Subutex Two
Author(s): Virginie Despentes
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


July 2018 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Vernon Subutex Two
Author(s): Virginie Despentes
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Availability: Amazon CA