(From the publisher):
Reconstructs a pivotal era of postwar French history—Paris in the late 1960s—and at the same time records the political disillusionment and ferment of a generation.
In a brisk narrative spanning three continents, the novel follows an array of passionate and promiscuous intellectual warriors—the "samurai" for whom "writing is the only lasting act of pleasure and war combined."
Readers will instantly recognize finely sketched and often searing portraits of some of this century's most influential minds: Lacan, Derrida, Barthes, Althusser, and many others.
With an authorial voice that modulates between the erotic and the meditative, the ironic and the rancorous, The Samurai moves from Paris to Mao's China—where revolutionary idealism collides with cold pragmatism—to New York and back to Paris. Over a twenty-five year period, the characters experience countless battles involving love, depression, maternity, and disease, while the various themes of the text—language, prison, madness, emotional raptures— are brought to fruition with astounding insight.
Original title: Les Samouraïs
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction