International Literature Book Club: Television by Jean-Philippe Toussaint

 
Monday,
March 6th, 
7pm
McNally Jackson Hybrid Event:
Attend In-Person at Nolita or
Join via Zoom 
 
On Monday, March 6th, at 7 p.m, join us to discuss Television by Jean-Philippe Toussaint, translated by Jordan Stump (Dalkey Archive Press). You can attend in person at our Nolita location, 52 Prince Street, or RSVP above to join via Zoom. There is no rsvp required to join in person. 
 
The amusingly odd protagonist and narrator of Jean-Philippe Toussaint's novel is an academic on sabbatical in Berlin to work on his book about Titian. With his research completed, all he has left to do is sit down and write. Unfortunately, he can't decide how to refer to his subject: Titian, le Titien, Vecellio, Titian Vecellio so instead he starts watching TV continuously, until one day he decides to renounce the most addictive of twentieth-century inventions. As he spends his summer still not writing his book, he is haunted by television, from the video surveillance screens in a museum to a moment when it seems everyone in Berlin is tuned in to Baywatch. One of Toussaint's funniest antiheroes, the protagonist of Television turns daily occurrences into an entertaining reflection on society and the influence of television on our lives.
 
 

 

 

 

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Television: [A Novel] (French Literature) By Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Jordan Stump (Translator), Warren Motte (Afterword by) Cover Image
By Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Jordan Stump (Translator), Warren Motte (Afterword by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781564783721
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Dalkey Archive Press - October 8th, 2004