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Vernon Subutex 1 por Virginie Despentes
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Vernon Subutex 1 (edição 2019)

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Vernon Subutex was once the proprietor of Revolver, an infamous music shop in Bastille. His legend spread throughout Paris. But by the 2000s his shop is struggling. With his savings gone, his unemployment benefit cut, and the friend who had been covering his rent suddenly dead, Vernon Subutex finds himself down and out on the Paris streets. He has one final card up his sleeve. Even as he holds out his hand to beg for the first time, a throwaway comment he once made on Facebook is taking the internet by storm. Vernon does not realise this, but the word is out: Vernon Subutex has in his possession the last filmed recordings of Alex Bleach, the famous musician and Vernon's benefactor, who has only just died of a drug overdose. A crowd of people from record producers to online trolls and porn stars are now on Vernon's trail.… (mais)
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Título:Vernon Subutex 1
Autores:Virginie Despentes (Auteur)
Informação:Fsg Originals (2019), Edition: Reprint, 352 pages
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  lehrer21 | Jun 29, 2021 |
Vernon Subutex Vols 1 & 2 by Virginie Despentes

If you know nothing Virginie Despentes it is because of the celebrity focussed US-centric shallow culture we live in and is not due to any lack of ability on her part.

These books are translated from the French with enough essence left in that you can still smell the coffee and sewers of Paris.

This story revolves around a group of people who were once young, beautiful, hip and riding the wave of their times. Now, however, they find themselves middle aged and in various stages of coming to terms (or not) with no longer being those same young things they once were. Some have had an easy ride and some have not. Nearly all of them have followed paths diverging from what they were when they were young. None if them planned on that being the case.

What brings them together is Vernon Subutex.

Once a record store owner and a very cool dude he is now living from hand to mouth barely making ends meet. One of his long time friends, an ageing rock star visits him and they do a mammoth session of drinks and drugs. Vernon passes out and while unconscious his friend records a long confession about his life using Vernon’s video gear. Within days the ageing rock star is dead and the nation mourns and everyone remembers when they were young.

Also within days Vernon’s landlord has decided he can make more money without his existing tenants and Vernon finds himself evicted from his apartment, he leaves with nothing more than a backpack and the tapes. He leaves the tapes with a friend and without any kind of support he sinks lower and lower into seen/not seen world of homelessness .

Meanwhile, the rumour of the existence of the confession tapes causes things to happen. The ageing rock star knew some secrets that others thought it would be better left unsaid.

The makings of a whodunnit/chase scenario? You’d think so but it doesn’t pan out like that. While Vernon sinks lower and lower in the social strata he becomes sought after by those who were once his friends. Yes, it is about the tapes and what may or may not be on them but it’s more than that too.

That’s enough plot to give you the framework that all this hangs on but that is all it is, a framework.

The real story is multifaceted and many layered. It details Vernon’s descent into homelessness and abject poverty in such realistic detail that you realise that without too many changes it could happen to you in the not too distant future. But this is not a story of social inequality. It is about transformation.

Over the two books that I read, every character in this story is on some kind of journey towards openness, forgiveness, understanding, revenge, death and more. All these separate stories meld in the search for Vernon Subutex and yes, even the French think it’s a weird name.

Vernon’s previous life as a record store owner gives a musical underscoring to this whole story and others’ individual stories too, like the neo-nazi losing his inhibition and dancing with the pornstar of his dreams after having confessed to nearly killing one of the main characters of the books. Sounds highly unlikely but actually sits well in the framework of this mini saga.

The main characters have enough depth to be believable even though not always likeable. There is a lovely flow to this story and the soundtrack may strike a chord.

Virginie Despentes captures so much in this story, the way that no-one is ever prepared for middle age, the way that we become people we do not recognise in both good and bad ways, the sheer harsh and unforgiving nature of ageing and how we always see ourselves as young and how these conflicting things can produce unforeseen results.

It appears that Vol 3 is not available on the kindle and I could not find it in other channels either which is a real shame as I’d like to know how the whole story ends. Vol 2 ends with the main characters doing something completely different and Vernon transforming into something wholly bigger. ( )
  Ken-Me-Old-Mate | Sep 24, 2020 |
Eigentlich habe ich mir das Hörbuch eher aus sowas wie "Pflichtgefühl" angehört. So ein Bestseller, oft empfohlen, da wollte ich mir selbst ein Urteil bilden. Interessiert hat es mich eigentlich nicht. Als ich es allerdings jetzt gehört hatte, hat es mich doch in Bann geschlagen. Der 50jährige Vernon verliert seine Wohnung und wohnt zunächst abwchselnd bei Bekannten, bevor er wirklich obdachlos wird. Die Erzählung drehrt sich allerdings nicht nur um Vernon, sondern größtenteils um die Menschen, die seinen Weg kreuzen. Xavier, bei dem er am Anfang unterkommt, ist verheiratet mit einer reichen Frau, selbst hat er beruflich keinen Erfolg mehr. Seine gedanklichen Hasstiraden sind wahrscheinlich das völlig realistische unzensierte Denken des männlichen Wutbürgers. Und so ist es im Grunde mit all den inneren Monologen und Bewusstseinsströmen der Figuren: Sie sind schockierend unverblümt und völlig glaubwürdig. Die Hyäne, Pamela Kant, Kiko, Sylvie, Olga und alle anderen sind zum Teil nur vage mit Vernon verbunden, der am blassesten von allen bleibt. Die schonungslose und kenntnisreiche Gesellschaftskritik ist ähnlich wie bei Houellebecq, vielleicht etwas freundlicher und weniger ätzend. ich habe das Buch zwar nicht gerade mit Freude, aber doch gern, gespannt und mit Gewinn gelesen. ( )
  Wassilissa | Nov 11, 2019 |
> QUI EST VERNON SUBUTEX ?

Une légende urbaine.
Un ange déchu.
Un disparu qui ne cesse de ressurgir.
Le détenteur d’un secret.
Le dernier témoin d’un monde disparu.
L’ultime visage de notre comédie inhumaine.
Notre fantôme à tous.

LE RETOUR DE VIRGINIE DESPENTES --Johnny Gimenez (Culturebox)
  Joop-le-philosophe | Dec 29, 2018 |
This book has received very good reviews, including a warm one from the usually sensible Kate Evans. It was also short listed for the Man Booker International. Why? WHY!!?? I read 200 pages, hoping that the good part would arrive in the next chapter. It didn't. It's all uniformly bad. Maybe the final 100 pages makes it a worthwhile read in the end....I'll never know. ( )
  oldblack | Nov 15, 2018 |
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Vernon Subutex was once the proprietor of Revolver, an infamous music shop in Bastille. His legend spread throughout Paris. But by the 2000s his shop is struggling. With his savings gone, his unemployment benefit cut, and the friend who had been covering his rent suddenly dead, Vernon Subutex finds himself down and out on the Paris streets. He has one final card up his sleeve. Even as he holds out his hand to beg for the first time, a throwaway comment he once made on Facebook is taking the internet by storm. Vernon does not realise this, but the word is out: Vernon Subutex has in his possession the last filmed recordings of Alex Bleach, the famous musician and Vernon's benefactor, who has only just died of a drug overdose. A crowd of people from record producers to online trolls and porn stars are now on Vernon's trail.

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