Vernon Subutex Two
Vernon Subutex is still on the streets. Hanging around with alcohol-soaked Charles in the Parc de Buttes Chaumont, feverish and hallucinating, he is completely cut off from the wider world and unaware that he is the subject of a frantic search by a crowd of hunters hot on the trail of the last recordings of the famous dead musician, Alex Bleach. But just imagine that one of these hunters finally gets hold of the precious tapes. What might they contain? The answer could have shocking – almost apocalyptic – consequences.
Rock star Alexandre Bleach might be dead, but he has a secret.
It’s a secret that concerns several people, but the only person who can unlock it is Vernon Subutex, former record shop proprietor turned homeless messiah and guru, last seen hallucinating and feverish on a bench in the parc des Buttes Chaumont.
AÃ¯cha wants to know the truth behind the death of her mother, Vodka Satana. And if she finds the bastards responsible, she wants to make them pay, whatever CÃ©leste thinks of her plan.
CÃ©leste wants AÃ¯cha to get a grip and stop hanging around with Subutex’s gang of disciples.
The Hyena wants to find the Bleach tapes. She wants to untangle her complicated feelings about AnaÃ¯s, her boss’ assistant. And speaking of her boss, she does not want Laurent Dopalet to discover how badly she has double-crossed him.
Laurent Dopalet wants the Hyena to find and destroy the Bleach tapes. He wants to forget he ever knew Vodka Satana. He wants people to stop graffitiing his apartment with ludicrous allegations. Above all, he wants people to understand: NONE OF THIS IS HIS FAULT.
THE SEQUEL TO VERNON SUBUTEX 1, SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2018.
Translated from the French by Frank Wynne