All this Has Nothing to Do with Me
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When journalist 'MS' interviews the mysterious 'XX' for a job at her magazine, she hires him straight away—because he's gorgeous. As one date leads to another, her obsession spirals. MS finds herself writing letters to Facebook (to see if XX can tell how many times she views his page), to her phone company (can they delete messages she regrets sending?) and to XX's favorite author (who is dead), while the object of her affection remains aloof, a moodily seductive Vespa-riding urbanite. With full access to MS's photos, diary extracts and emails, this novel documents MS and XX's relationship from jubilant start to painful finish, and lays out her life—and past—for our scrutiny. Highly original, extremely funny, and darkly moving, this is an unputdownable glimpse into the depths of one woman's psyche.
Monica Sabolo is a journalist and writer, and was until recently the editor-in-chief for the cultural pages of Grazia in France. All this Has Nothing to Do with Me won France's Prix de Flore 2013. Georgina Collins is a lecturer in Translation Studies at University of Glasgow. She published the first anthology of Francophone African women’s poetry, The Other Half of History, featuring her own translations into English.
"Piecing together emails and Facebook stalkings, this study of a broken heart is set to be one of the coolest novels of the year." —Stylist"Sabolo dissects an unhappy love affair with as much precision as CSI: Miami." —Grazia (France)"A small, deeply singular work. . . . The success of this extremely amiable book owes as much to its unique ambition as its disparate form. The work is carried by a constant sense of self-directed irony, and an unfailing sense of humour." —Elle (France) Book of the Week