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The Invention of Bodies (L’invention des corps)

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Original Language: French | 304 pp. | August 2017

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

Selected for the Prix littéraire du Monde 2017

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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.