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Toussaint's first novel is a wonderful first person narrative. It is a quick, enjoyable read that is seamless and surprising. There is something odd yet reassuring of the voice in all of Toussaint's novels -- but this is the beginning of it all. "When I began to spend my afternoons in the bathroom, I had no intention of moving into it..." Classic! --Nick
First published in France in 1985, "The Bathroom" was Jean-Philippe Toussaint's debut novel, and it heralded a new generation of innovative French literature. In this playful and perplexing book, we meet a young Parisian researcher who lives inside his bathroom. As he sits in his tub meditating on existence (and refusing to tell us his name), the people around him -- his girlfriend, Edmondsson, the Polish painters in his kitchen -- each in their own way further enables his peculiar lifestyle, supporting his eccentric quest for immobility. But an invitation to the Austrian embassy shakes up his stable world, prompting him to take a risk and leave his bathroom...