Zenith Hotel

By Oscar Coop-Phane

Translator: Ros Schwartz

Format: Hardback

Street prostitute, Nanou gives a detailed account of her day, from the moment she wakes up with a foul taste in her mouth, in her sordid rented room, until the minute she crawls back into her bed at night to sleep. Interwoven with her story are portraits of her clients, who are defeated by the world around them and seek solace in her arms.

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I m a street prostitute. Not a call girl or anything. No, a real street whore, with stiletto heels and menthol cigarettes. Narrator Nanou gives a detailed account of her day, from the moment she wakes up with a foul taste in her mouth, in her sordid rented room, until the minute she crawls back into her bed at night to sleep. Interwoven with her story are portraits of her clients. Oscar Coop-Phane invents an astonishing cast of original and deeply human characters losers, defeated by the world around them who seek solace in Nanou s arms. Original and moving, this short book deftly paints a world of solitude and sadness, illuminated by precious moments of tenderness and acts of kindness.

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Format Hardback
Imprint Arcadia Books
Publication Date 15 Mar 2014
ISBN 9781909807501
Number of Pages 126

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'Oscar Coop-Phane oozes affection for his characters, from their beautiful humanity to the depths of their weaknesses'

'One of the most intriguing and exciting new voices on the French literary scene'

'The best first novel of the year'

'The novel unfolds with a sympathetic clarity that refuses to shy away from both the harsh realities of life and the bits of gentleness and hope that can be found among the shadows.'

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