No One (Paperback)
Tin House Books, 9781935639220, 170pp.
Publication Date: January 24, 2012
Praise For No One…
"The question of identity haunts Aubry's slim, tough novel about a Parisian lawyer suffering from bipolar disorder...virtuosic sentences and ingenious structure...the reader feels privileged to gain access to these troubled minds."
New York Times Book Review
"Aubry's sense of the human condition is both startling in its originality and sharp in its beauty: the reader might find himself reading a book that is in fact reading him back, in that what we learn...may apply to everyone searching for their authentic self."
Leia Menlove, Foreword Reviews
"Aubry’s lucid prose has ascended to the heights of poetry."
Madness may, as Gwenaelle Aubry writes, name nothing, in reality,’ but her Personne definitively conjures its somethingmakes it tenderly felt in all its mystery, horror, and sorrow. Standing between the hard reckoning of autobiography and that which implores, melancholically, to be novelized,’ Personne pushes softly at the limits of what life-writing can be. It is a work of remarkable understatement and earned majesty, both.”
Maggie Nelson, author of Bluets and The Art of Cruelty
Gwenaëlle Aubry’s Personne is a beautifully rendered and conceived
work. Structured like a duet, with writing by her dead father and
herself, Personne is about the search for a wanderer father in the
morass of his unstable identity. It is an impassioned novel, a
psychoanalytic double session, an examination of the limits of
language, and an act of filial devotion.”
--Lynne Tillman, author of Someday This Will Be Funny
The words are simple yet offer tremendous power. The fact is: we want to dog ear every page to relive certain moments, those certain expressions that put our hair on end”
Le Figaro Litteraire
"A testimony bereft of pathos[No One] achieves a double portrait: that of a fragmented man searching desperately for unity through writing, and that of a daughter who will succeed where her father failed by making him a novel’s hero”
"A cubist and polyphonic portrait, ridden with elegance and restraint, [No One] is a two-fold autobiography of a father and daughter, its threads are delicately woven with impressions, memories and language that recreate the figure of complex and engaging man, stranger to the world- yet, also stranger to himself”
Le Monde des Livres
"Her (Gwenaëlle Aubry’s) words, persistent and fixed in the glance of she who cannot save him, resemble a string of melancholy diamondsmay she be reassured: with this powerful book, she pays her debt of love in full”
Page after page, with meticulousness and infinite tenderness, [Aubry] probes the biography, perspective, staggering failures, and the terrors of this man.”
[Aubry's] admirable book, woven with uncertainty, is altogether an intimate investigation, a declaration of love, homage, and tomb.”