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Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9780889225442
Pages: 96
Pub. Date: August 1 2006
Dimensions: 8.5" x 5.5" x 0.25"
Rights: Available: WORLD
Fiction / FIC019000

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The Baldwins

By Serge Lamothe
Translated by Fred A. Reed & David Homel

In the post-apocalyptic future, 50 years after the last government of turbo-liberals and its president-for-life have been elected, a group of researchers convenes a Congress to address the curious cultural phenomenon of the Baldwins, whose stories have been gathered and archived by the chroniclers since the end of history. “Who are the Baldwins?” the Congress asks. “Do they actually exist, and if so, what is their history and their fate?” Only one thing seems certain to these Baldwinologists: “The Baldwins resemble us: they knew nothing of their origins, nor of their destination.”

Set in the landscape of one vast disposal site containing all the refuse of history, and using the rhetorical conventions of precise, objective, depersonalized scholarly research, the world Serge Lamothe brilliantly creates with this novel of fragments is one of a mysterious ambiguity, haunted by Kafka, Orwell, Gibson and Fukuyama.

This is contemporary prose at its most daring and experimental, creating a post-historical world so devoid of difference that the only imaginable use of language is for the mass production of consent—a world in which a nine-year-old’s suicide bombing may well, in fact, constitute the only meaningful act left to The Baldwins: a joyful embrace of the ultimate existential gesture, in which all difference is obliterated, consummated in a martyrdom of innocence on the consensual altar of the morally and politically correct.

“Getting to know the Baldwins is like slipping into the inscrutable maze of the human soul … Serge Lamothe’s novel falls under the sign of utter creative freedom and is filled with word and language play, evocative imagery and poetic moods.”
Le Devoir

“…a searing and ironic commentary on the state of Western society … ”
Canadian Literature

“Serge Lamothe pens a book that is both surprising and exhilarating!”
Le Soleil

“Delightfully disconcerting, this book can be savoured thanks to a munificence that reveals a stunning imagination.”
Le Voir