Recommended by bookseller Camille Van de Velde:
"With an impressive amount of research and imagination, Laurent Binet has created a thrilling murder mystery set in a circle of French intellectuals and political figures in the 1980s. The leading question of the investigation is, was the death of Roland Barthes a murder? And if so, who did it and why? One does not have to be fully acquainted with the linguistic turn, the theories of semiotics or structuralism, or the details of the 1980 French presidential campaign to enjoy this riveting read. As before in his first novel ‘HHhH’, Laurent Binet proves his talent for explaining relevant theoretical and historical details while embodying them in an immensely well-written and entertaining novel."