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The Invention of Bodies (L’invention des corps)



Original Language: French | 304 pp. | August 2017

2 Seas Represents: Dutch, Nordic and English (North American) rights.

Rights sold: Greece (Polis), Italy (Fazi)

Over 6,000 copies sold 

Winner Prix de Flore 2017 

Selected for the Prix littéraire Le Monde 2017, finalist of the 2017 Prix des Libraires de Nancy et des journalistes du Point


This powerful and beautiful story about the contemporary world is perhaps the greatest novel in Rentrée Littéraire.Transfuge, Tewfik Hakem

What would a twenty-first century novel look like? Well, this is it. […] Moving forward at full speed without misleading the reader, this sometimes virtuosic text is not reducible to a plea against transhumanism: under the guise of a thriller and the great technical and philosophical questions it poses, the fourth novel of Pierre Ducrozet is primarily concerned with the different ways of inhabiting a body today.  — Le Monde des Livres, Raphaëlle Leyris

A novel that mimics in its form the disturbing convergence of biology and digital.Le Magazine littéraire, Marie Fouquet

The Invention of Bodies explores the ethical and anthropological questions arising from the massive eruption of technology in our lives.L’Humanité, Sophie Joubert

An accurate writing, worked to the bone, with the narrative carried out in an efficient manner.Le Soir, Pierre Maury

The young author tackles an ambitious theme, but he keeps the novelist’s generosity: The Invention of Bodies can be read like a thriller, sweeping across the whole North American continent. 20 Minutes

The Invention of Bodies distinguishes itself from the “DeLillesque” genre by assuming itself as a novel of adventure. It is as enthralling, kinetic, childish, and timeless as any adventure novel is. […] Leaving aside Alvaro’s struggle, one would almost forget to notice that a young French writer has written this story of stem-cells and technology, that a young French writer is placed as heir to DeLillo and Bolaño, that a young French writer tries to seize the most immediate present on foreign lands, to go where the oil is thrown on the worldwide fire. — Transfuge, Oriane Jeancourt

It is a most original and powerful novel, both in terms of substance and form, that I was able to read in this literary return. — Sur la route de Jostein

L’invention des corps sweeps us up in the wake of Álvaro, a young Mexican teacher and brilliant computer programmer who is on the run following the tragic events in Iguala on the night of 26 September 2014 when forty-three students lost their lives, abducted and murdered by the police. Having miraculously survived the massacre, Álvaro flees north and falls under the spell of the enigmatic Parker Hayes, a sorcerer’s apprentice based in Silicon Valley who has been seduced by the promises of transhumanism – an encounter which will bring Álvaro dizzyingly within reach of love, and of himself. A labyrinthine exploration of the networks which underpin and are reshaping contemporary life, from the human body to the World Wide Web, L’invention des corps brings into sharp relief the challenges of modernity in light of the organic roots of mankind and offers genuine suspense, pace and a feel for storytelling. A page-turner of a novel which sounds the alarm bells and reads like an ultra-modern Bonnie & Clyde, rebooted by a young Don De Lillo.

Born in 1982, Pierre Ducrozet has published three novels with Grasset: Requiem pour Lola rouge (2010, Prix de la Vocation 2011), La vie qu’on voulait (2013) and the much-heralded Eroica (2015, shortlisted for the Prix de Flore), a fictionalised biography of the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat.