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JEAN CHRISTOPHE VALTAT was born in 1968. Educated in the Ecole Normale Superieure and the Sorbonne, he lives in Montpellier where he teaches Comparative Literature. He has written a book of short stories, Album, and two novels, Exes, and 03 (published in English by FSG), as well as award-winning radio-plays and a movie "Augustine" (2003), which he also co-directed.

He is also the author -in English - of the "dream-punk" trilogy "The Mysteries of New Venice", including "Aurorarama" (2010), Luminous Chaos (2013), and Suspended Citadels -finished last year but yet to be published.

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Jean-Christophe Valtat Dear Don. Thanks a lot for your interest. It is indeed the third and final (as well as my favorite) installment, starting right where Luminous Chaos…moreDear Don. Thanks a lot for your interest. It is indeed the third and final (as well as my favorite) installment, starting right where Luminous Chaos left off. It takes place mostly in New Venice, with the usual characters and a dozen new ones, historical and fictional, not to mention a talking fox. I guess I won't spoil it by saying that, on the outside, the city is under siege, while on the inside, some enduring "mysteries" are eventually revealed. It is both more epic, and somewhat more mystic, but mostly, I hope it's fun!(less)
Jean-Christophe Valtat I don't really suffer from writer's block, but I certainly get bored quickly. More often than not, it's a sign that the book isn't good enough, so I…moreI don't really suffer from writer's block, but I certainly get bored quickly. More often than not, it's a sign that the book isn't good enough, so I drop it, and move on until I find something that is fun to write.(less)
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03

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Exes

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It is not true, dear readers, that the current administration has little concern for our safety and well-being. In a city depending on so many greenhouses and glass gardens for its food supply, hailstones have always been  dangerous and possibly fatal inconvenience - a danger so far largely indifferent to the ringing of church bells, as the custom is in such situations. 

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“But if neither sadness or rage could unite us, I didn't know what could - the more I wanted to identify with her, the more I identified with myself; and the more I tried to understand her, the less, necessarily, I succeeded: the failure of an intelligent mind to grasp feeblemindedness was dark and deep, no less than the failure of a feeble mind to grasp intelligence, because intelligence got its shape by not understanding the thing it could never be.”
Jean-Christophe Valtat, 03

“Clusters of distant lights was the view of Mankind that he liked the best. The lights had the archaic charm of little fires on a plain, and the frailty about them, if it did not excuse anything, at least explained a lot of Man's stubborn ruthlessness. Mankind had not started the mess that was life, after all. And on the whole, it had been an interesting species to be a part of, the girls especially, as long as you remembered to watch your back.”
Jean-Christophe Valtat, Aurorarama

“Don't we all discover, at some stage or another that there are some things we'll never get any better at, even though we have no idea why and hardly ever notice it when it happens, even though we may have enjoyed these things and might not have been lagging behind last time we checked? Learning to draw, for instance, was a familiar catastrophe - all of a sudden, unaware, you just stop getting any better at it, your drawings never progress beyond those of a four-year-old or a six-year-old, you're left behind by those who "can draw," condemned to producing flat, doughy figures on the page, with no sense of perspective to them and (this was what really struck me) no resemblance to the outside world: condemned by your ruined self to a shameful childhood.”
Jean-Christophe Valtat, 03

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