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An anarchic and controversial figure in France, BENOIT DUTEURTRE became a writer after Samuel Beckett praised his early work. Duteurtre went on to write 10 novels and win the coveted Prix Medici, and has been acclaimed by Milan Kundera and media philosopher Guy Dubord alike. The great-grandson of French President Rene Coty, Duteurtre is also the host of his own radio show, Astonish Me, Benoit."" His work has been translated into thirteen languages. This is his first book to be translated into English. Bruce Benderson is the first American to receive the Prix de Flore. He is the author of two works of fiction, User and Pretending to Say No, and several works of nonfiction, including Toward the New Degeneracy. He is a translator of French literature who has worked as a journalist for numerous American and French publications, including The New York Times Magazine and Liberation.

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Praise for Benoit Duteurtre's "Customer Service"
..".the recent financial collapse helps make this novella more relevant than ever. [It] is an entertaining book and yet another example of the great work Melville House is doing in their Contemporary Art of the Novella series."
--"Three Percent
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Praise for Benoit Duteurtre's "The Little Girl and The Cigarette"
"What I admire most about "The Little Girl and the Cigarette: " the clarity with which this novel unmasks the fundamental stupidity of our modern world; the black humor that transforms horror into a fascinating danse macabre."
--Milan Kundera, author of "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," "Immortality" and "The Book of Laughter and Forgetting."
"(Duteurtre) is a cultural bomb thrower."
--"International Herald Tribune"
"The novel goes down swinging--it gets its excited jabs in at everything from the nanny state to the way that children rule the adult world like tiny tyrants."
--Paul Co
..".the recent financial collapse helps make this novella more relevant than ever. [It] is an entertaining book and yet another example of the great work Melville House is doing in their Contemporary Art of the Novella series."
--Three Percent

Praise for Benoit Duteurtre's The Little Girl and The Cigarette

"What I admire most about The Little Girl and the Cigarette: the clarity with which this novel unmasks the fundamental stupidity of our modern world; the black humor that transforms horror into a fascinating danse macabre."
--Milan Kundera

"(Duteurtre) is a cultural bomb thrower."
--International Herald Tribune

"The novel goes down swinging--it gets its excited jabs in at everything from the nanny state to the way that children rule the adult world like tiny tyrants."
--Paul Constant, The Stranger

"A fascinating...fable of the terrifying power of public opinion."
--Bookslut

"Duteurtre suggests that our obsession with children is pure narcissism--we outlaw our freedoms not because we love children but because we want to be them. And when we rebel, we do it because we long for the reassurance that having boundaries gives. It is maddening to watch this bureaucrat refuse to acknowledge his own childish behavior--like puffing secretly upstairs in a relative's nonsmoking home--as he rails against everyone else. On one hand, you empathize with his fight for personal liberties. On the other, you wish he'd just grow up and behave. Ultimately, he comes off as whiny, self-absorbed and unsympathetic. But this is precisely the point: We can see him no other way."
--Karrie Higgins, The Los Angeles Times

"As an unfiltered hit of misanthropy, the book goes down strong and bitter, leaving behind a craving for more."
--David Ng, The Village Voice

"How did a small French novel beat the odds to become a quiet cult hit in Chicago?"
--Time Out Chicago

"Both funny and unsettling."
--Chicago Reader

"A joy to read, as much as it is alarming."
--Le Monde

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