The title suggests it: this story of Antoine’s methodical search for intellectual nothingness is also an Odyssey of intelligence. Antoine is a 25-year-old Sorbonne student of just about every subject; the author of a translation of Marcel Proust in Aramean; and (why not?) a fanatic of Icelandic food. But this sympathetic and funny philosopher soon feels his broad-minded intellect has no place in society, where everything is black or white and everybody’s opinion fits into the "yes" or "no" boxes. Thus his well-planned (and all the more comical) decision to become stupid. This is not an easy task: Antoine will go through alcoholism (one sip of beer throws him into a coma) and suicide how-to classes, before finally becoming an unusually lucky stock-broker! This last metamorphosis of Antoine’s character will lead him down a new path, as the novel closes with a hymn to friendship and originality. With its light touch and witty foolishness, Martin Page’s style is reminiscent of both Flaubert’s Bouvard and Pecuchet, and Monty Python’s Flying Circus.