Entry updated 3 July 2023. Tagged: Author.
(1957- ) French author, mostly of autofictional nonfiction after 2000 or so, some of whose early novels are of interest within a broad-church understanding of the tools of Fantastika. He began to publish work of genre interest with "Victor Frankenstein: Carnets inédits" ["Victor Frankenstein: Unpublished Letters"] in Fiction for April 1979; his first novel of sf interest, Bravoure (1984; trans Lanie Goodman with authorial cuts as Gothic Romance 1990) expands his interest in Mary Shelley and the events in 1816 at the Villa Diodati, with some focus on John Polidori, through a narrative in which 1816 haunts contemporary London, or Doppelgangers literally re-enact paradigm moments, or more; suggestions of Time Travel may be metaphorized.
Carrère's study of Philip K Dick, Je suis vivant et vous êtes morts: Philip K Dick (1928-1982) (1993; trans Timothy Bent as I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey into the Mind of Philip K Dick 2004), treats biographical material through the prism of the later Dick's abiding conviction that the world is a Paranoid fantasy constructed to disguise from him the fact that everyone else is dead. [JC]
born Paris: 9 December 1957
works (highly selected)
- Bravoure ["Bravura"] (Paris: POL, 1984) [pb/]
- Gothic Romance (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1990) [trans by Lanie Goodman of the above: hb/Robert Goldstrom]
- La Moustache (Paris: Gallimard, 1986) [binding unknown/]
- The Moustache (New York: Henry Holt, 1988) [trans by Lanie Goodman of the above: hb/]
- Je suis vivant et vous êtes morts: Philip K Dick (1928-1982) (Paris: Seuil, 1993) [nonfiction: pb/Robert Crumb]
- I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey into the Mind of Philip K Dick (New York: Henry Holt/Metropolitan Books, 2004) [nonfiction: trans by Timothy Bent of the above: hb/Raquel Jaramillo]
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