The Monkey's Brain
A brilliant tour de force by an extraordinary homme de lettres, Michel Braudeau’s L’interprétation des singes has been nominated for the 2001 prix Goncourt. This compelling novel intertwines the lives of a palate of masterfully crafted characters: Professor Sarastre, a surgeon inspired by the twisted experiments of the infamous Dr. Vornoff, a real-life character who made his reputation by grafting animal parts onto human beings; Quentin, Sarastre’s submissive assistant; Hermione, Sarastre’s striking 18-year-old daughter, and her boyfriend, Damien, a troubled orphan whose past is unclear. An investigative reporter arrives in their lives, determined to get to the bottom of Sarastre’s mysterious medical experiments. When he ultimately discovers the chilling truth, no one’s life will remain unchanged. A breathtaking novel which is sure to entrance American audiences
Michel Braudeau : Michel Braudau is a novelist and reporter. He is a former editor at L'Express and Le Monde, and is currently the editor-in-chief of La Nouvelle Revue Française.