"French writer Philippe Claudel begins The Investigation
with a postmodernist wink and nod ... The novel is frequently very funny, but it also skillfully evokes the insidious, modern fear that we, like the Investigator, are playing bit parts in some vast, incomprehensible system."
—The Wall Street Journal
"Amusing and affecting ... Despite its far-from-realist mode and its parable of life under late capitalism, The Investigation
is no allegory. It's too sharp and too funny. And despite its setting in a city that deliberately evokes all cities and no particular city, The Investigation
resists every tendency toward ponderous moralism, instead marking each apparent injustice with a light, but never unsympathetic, touch."
Praise for Brodeck
"Arrives like a fresh, why-haven’t-we-known-him discovery, revealing Philippe Claudel to be as dazzling on the page as he is on the screen."
—The New York Times Book Review
"A haunting, intensely claustrophobic allegory about intolerance, trauma, and guilt."
—San Francisco Chronicle
"Deeply wise and classically beautiful . . . It is a modern masterpiece."
—The Daily Telegraph
"Original, brilliant, and disturbing . . . Claudel is a novelist of ideas, in the French tradition."
"In John Cullen’s deft translation, Claudel’s writing is lucid and passionate. . . . An excellent novel."
About the Author
is the author of many novels, among them Brodeck,
which won the Prix Goncourt des Lyceens in 2007 and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2010. His novel By a Slow River
has been translated into thirty languages and was awarded the Prix Renaudot in 2003 and the Elle Readers' Literary Prize in 2004. Claudel also wrote and directed the 2008 film I've Loved You So Long
, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, which won a BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language.