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Philippe Besson is the author of a number of award-winning novels and screenplays. The French edition of Lie With Me sold over 120,000 copies, was a number one bestseller, and won the prestigious Maison de la Presse prize.
In the Absence of Men is a short, bold and original novel which
beautifully captures the romance and amorality of gilded youth. It
is particularly notable for a totally convincing portrait of
*Michael Arditti, The Independent*
An astonishing love story, beautifully told.
Besson is brave to include Proust but his courage pays off: this is a beautiful, dreamily experimental novel unafraid of describing either joy or pain.