I’m Gone

A Novel

Winner, Prix Goncourt

Winner of France’s prestigious Goncourt Prize and runaway international bestseller, I’m Gone has been hailed as “mesmerizing” by Booklist and “crisp and erudite” by the Wall Street Journal. For anyone who has yet to discover Echenoz’s distinctive literary talents, I’m Gone serves as the ideal introduction to his sly wit, unique voice, colorful imagination, and fanciful manipulation of narrative convention. I’m Gone is nothing less than a “man against nature” tale, heist caper, art world satire, and love story—all rolled into one deliriously entertaining novel.



I’m Gone combines the policier, the cultural essay and the urban sex novel to create a vivid, entertaining, hybrid.”
The New York Times Book Review
“A mordantly humorous work.”
“Combining the offhand wit of Raymond Chandler with the narrative agility of Peter Høeg, Echenoz crafts a clever, philosophical tale.”
Publishers Weekly
“With a wink and a nod and an easy manner of style, Echenoz all but tells us outright not to take any of this too seriously—to enjoy I’m Gone in the same devil-may-care spirit in which it is offered.”
The Boston Sunday Globe
“Echenoz both employs and subverts the convention of the adventure and detective genres in this sly send-up of contemporary art life.”
Library Journal
“A mystery that doubles as a sly work of serious literature. . . . This novel is a quick read and a true jewel.”
Kirkus Reviews

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