The Baldwins by Serge LamotheThe Baldwins by Serge Lamothe

The Baldwins

bySerge LamotheTranslated byFred A. Reed, David Homel

Paperback | August 1, 2006

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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. "?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 "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 "Delightfully disconcerting, this book can be savoured thanks to a munificence that reveals a stunning imagination."- Le Voir
Serge Lamothe Novelist, dramatist and poet Serge Lamothe has published four novels: La Longue Portée (1998), La Tierce Personne (2000), L'Ange au berceau (2002) and Les Baldwin (2004). His poems and short stories have also been published in various literary journals. His adaptation for the stage of Kafka's novel Le Procès d...
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Title:The BaldwinsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.25 inPublished:August 1, 2006Publisher:Talon Books LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889225443

ISBN - 13:9780889225442

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“Serge Lamothe pens a book that is both surprising and exhilarating!”—Le Soleil“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“Delightfully disconcerting, this book can be savoured thanks to a munificence that reveals a stunning imagination.”—Voir