A Man Who Knows

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Publication Date
May 1999
Page Count
136 pages
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5 1/8 x 8 1/4

A Man Who Knows

Emmanuel Bove

Maurice Lesca is fifty-seven--older, not much wiser, and painfully comical in his failures. Though educated as a doctor, he's a ne'er-do-well who milks family and friends for money and lives in poverty with his widowed sister. When he encourages a divorcée to extort money from her ex-husband, Lesca sows the seeds of distrust that will disrupt his world. But Lesca is a survivor; he will always survive in the modern city. The last of Bove's major novels, A Man Who Knows is the most mature example of his celebrated style.

About the Author

Emmanuel Bove (1898-1945) was born in Paris. With Colette's patronage he became a popular writer, dividing his career between pulp fiction written by the yard and a handful of serious novels upon which his now-major reputation rests.
"Bove wants to explore an inner emptiness to which his maniac protagonist gives the reader access. Capricious, mendacious, incapable of consistent thought or action, Bove's hero is a Pascalian paranoid who seems suspended above an abyss of human misery, one as much metaphysical as physical." --World Literature in Review

"[Bove is] an important French literary personage."

The New Yorker