Trash Vortex

Publication Date:

August 2024



Original language and publisher

French | Actes Sud

Territories Handled

Netherlands, North America, Scandinavia


Literary Fiction

Trash Vortex


A dense, exciting, dizzying, virtuoso work that embraces a postmodern and international subject: the powerful of this world facing decline, facing the apocalypse.

How do the masters of this world perceive the apocalyptic anguish haunting our times ?

They have got everything they wanted, having twisted the world until it complied with their desires, and now they rule as its undisputed masters. They are the ruling caste, in both the political and business worlds, but they too have to contend with a planet that is dying and with the doom-laden future that they have done so much to bring about. Some are cashing in their assets, while others are building luxury, self-sufficient bunkers that they believe will ensure their survival.For her part, Eugénie Valier, the ageing heiress of a major industrial group, is resigned to an imminent death as civilisation as we know it comes to an end. She decides to dismantle the empire her father built up, thereby disinheriting her son, and to invest her entire fortune in a foundation devoted to cleaning up the oceans and removing the vast swathes of plastic known as the Trash Vortex. This apparently virtuous endeavour, which she herself acknowledges will not suffice to ward off the ecological disaster that is unfolding, is in fact a full-scale liquidation of her wealth, motivated in part by an unspoken desire for revenge against her family.