Zenith Hotel

Zenith Hotel

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'I'm a street prostitute. Not a call girl or anything. No, a real street whore, with stiletto heels and menthol cigarettes.' Narrator Nanou gives a detailed account of her day, from the moment she wakes up with a foul taste in her mouth, in her sordid rented room, until the minute she crawls back into her bed at night to sleep. Interwoven with her story are portraits of her clients. Oscar Coop-Phane invents an astonishing cast of original and deeply human characters: losers, defeated by the world around them who seek solace in Nanou's arms. Original and moving, this short book deftly paints a world of solitude and sadness, illuminated by precious moments of tenderness and acts of kindness.

'Oscar Coop-Phane oozes affection for his characters, from their beautiful humanity to the depths of their weaknesses' Huffington Post

'One of the most intriguing and exciting new voices on the French literary scene' Seymour Magazine

'The best debut novel of the year' Le Parisien

'He’s only 23, but Coop-Phane’s sparse style cuts to the bone and reveals a sensibility far beyond his years' Le Point

'A melancholic and vulgar novel that marks a rigorous, vigorous entrance into contemporary French literatureLe Figaro

Price £: 
9.99
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Published: 
15 Mar 2014
ISBN: 
9781909807501
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Zenith Hotel

Translated by 

'I'm a street prostitute. Not a call girl or anything. No, a real street whore, with stiletto heels and menthol cigarettes.' Narrator Nanou gives a detailed account of her day, from the moment she wakes up with a foul taste in her mouth, in her sordid rented room, until the minute she crawls back into her bed at night to sleep. Interwoven with her story are portraits of her clients. Oscar Coop-Phane invents an astonishing cast of original and deeply human characters: losers, defeated by the world around them who seek solace in Nanou's arms. Original and moving, this short book deftly paints a world of solitude and sadness, illuminated by precious moments of tenderness and acts of kindness.

'Oscar Coop-Phane oozes affection for his characters, from their beautiful humanity to the depths of their weaknesses' Huffington Post

'One of the most intriguing and exciting new voices on the French literary scene' Seymour Magazine

'The best debut novel of the year' Le Parisien

'He’s only 23, but Coop-Phane’s sparse style cuts to the bone and reveals a sensibility far beyond his years' Le Point

'A melancholic and vulgar novel that marks a rigorous, vigorous entrance into contemporary French literatureLe Figaro

Price £: 
7.99
eBook
Published: 
15 Mar 2014
ISBN: 
9781909807631
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About the author

  • Oscar Coop-Phane

    Oscar Coop-Phane was born in 1988 after a pretty conventional childhood – parental divorce, bike rides, cereal in the morning – he wanted to become a painter, and then not. He left home at 16 to live with a pretty blonde he loves. That doesn't stop him from passing the Bacaloreat from his attic. 
    Then he decided to chuck everything and, while bartending for a living, he read and read, and read some more. From morning to night, from night to morning, he reads Bove, Calet, Calaferte, Dabit, Celine ... 
    At twenty, he moved to Berlin where he spent a year writing, reading Proust and toasting his neurons on the techno scene. There he wrote Zenit Hotel, the life of a Parisian prostitute. He then returned to Paris. 
    He works nights as a bartender in a cocktail bar in the Tenth District. And then he won the Prix de Flore 2012 with Zenith Hotel.
    Yes, it's pretty short, but he's only 24 years old ...

    Titles by Oscar Coop-Phane

    Tomorrow, Berlin