Book Review: Island of Point Nemo by Jean-Marie Blas de Robles for the Colorado Review

Colorado Review - Island of Point Nemo by Jean-Marie Blas de Robles, translated by Hannah Chute

“Absurd, thrilling, and wickedly funny, Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès’s rollicking Island of Point Nemo is a wildly inventive novel that crosses continents and oceans and literary styles and genres, attempting to find a narrow path between two entertaining though disparate storylines. Drawing inspiration from classic storytellers like Jules Verne and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Blas de Roblès blends mystery, science fiction, crime, and satire, to craft an accomplished, extraordinary tale that swings and leaps between vintage action-adventure involving a trio of detectives in search of a stolen diamond, and modern-day satire focused on the boss of a manufacturing plant and his unhealthy obsession with the workers.

This is the ninth novel by Algerian-born Blas de Roblès, author of the critically acclaimed Where Tigers Are at Home, which won the Prix Médicis in 2008 and was short-listed for the Goncourt Prize and the European Book Award. Originally published in 2014 in France, Island of Point Nemo has been translated into English for the first time by Hannah Chute.”

Published today in the Colorado Review is my review of Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès’s rollicking Island of Point Nemo, published by Open Letter, the University of Rochester’s nonprofit, literary translation press.

Read the full, in-depth book review here.