Memoirs of an Insane Young Man
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A stylist of considerable talent.
—the Daily Telegraph
The first novel by the acclaimed author of Windows on the World relates the love stories and rantings of his alter ego, Marc Marronier.
A young Parisian dandy, Marc Marronnier has just recently graduated from the exclusive Sciences Po. His fast social life is at odds with his peaceful love affair with Anne, and this tears him apart. From jet-set parties and debaucheries, from doubts to certainties, Marc tries to make sense of his life.
With style and wit, Beigbeder convincingly depicts the preoccupations, quirks, and expectations of a gilded youth and introduces us to the hero of his latest works, Holiday in a Coma and Love Lasts Three Years—Marc Marronnier. Annoying and arrogant, sometimes touching, and always sarcastic and brilliant, Marc epitomizes Beigbeder’s signature character, the “egotistical romantic.”
Frédéric Beigbeder : Frédéric Beigbeder was born in 1965 and wrote this first novel at the age of 24. Author, commentator, literary critic, and pundit, he is the author of several books translated into English, including the 2003 Prix Interallié winner Windows on the World (Grasset, 2003; Fourth Estate, 2004; Miramax, 2006); 2008’s winner of the Scott Moncrieff Prize for best translation, Vacances dans le coma (Grasset, 1994; Fourth Estate, 2007); L’amour dure trois ans (Grasset, 1997; Fourth Estate, 2007) and 99 Francs (Grasset, 2000; Picador, 2002).