By Didier Van Cauwelaert; Mark Polizzotti (Translator)

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143119012, 164pp.

Publication Date: January 12, 2011

Martin Harris returns home after a short absence to find that his wife doesn't know him and another man is living in his house under his name. The imposter shares all of Martin's memories, experiences, and knowledge down to the last detail. Is it conspiracy? Amnesia? An elaborate hoax or his own paranoid delusion? Part moral fable, part thriller, "Unknown" is a fast-paced tale of one man's desperate attempt to reclaim his existence-even at the cost of his own life.
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About the Author
Didier van Cauwelaert est ne a Nice en 1960. Depuis ses debuts, il cumule prix litteraires et succes publics. Il a recu plusieurs prix parmi lesquels le prix Del Duca en 1982 pour son premier roman, "Vingt ans et des poussieres", le prix Goncourt en 1994 pour "Un aller simple" et le Grand Prix des lecteurs du Livre de Poche pour "La Vie interdite" en 1999. Les combats de la passion, les mysteres de l identite et l irruption du fantastique dans le quotidien sont au c ur de son uvre, toujours marquee par l humour. Ses romans sont traduits dans le monde entier et font l objet d adaptations remarquees au cinema.

MARK POLIZZOTTI has translated more than forty books from the French, including Patrick Modiano's Suspended Sentences, and is director of the publications program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Praise For Unknown

"A convincing little nightmare. A Twilight Zone-ish yarn that tests the very notion of how human identity is shaped."
-Entertainment Weekly

"Simply thrilling. Its surprising denoument works a retrospective magic."
-The New York Times Book Review

"Compelling ... The terse prose is unpretentious and the plot is full of captivating twists."
-San Francisco Chronicle

"An engaging intellectual page-turner."
-Rain Taxi

"Had Camus trained at the CIA, this is the book he would have written. A hauntingly literary espionage thriller."
-Brad Thor, author of State of the Union

"Van Cauwelaert starts with a premise that could serve a Hitchcock thriller, a Twilight Zone episode, or a heavy-going exercise in existentialism. But [he] nimbly sidesteps clichT and pretense.... The swift final scene-a breathtaking jetT-should surprise even the most jaded fan of thrillers. A little gem."
-Kirkus Reviews