The Moustache by Emmanuel Carrère (Identity)
Translated by Lanie Goodman
Sometimes, we lose ourselves, and question who we are. As with Class Trip, Emmanuel Carrère’s novel The Moustache takes its reader on another surreal, nightmarish journey – but this time, though we travel around the world, the action is very much set inside the collapsing mind of our unnamed narrator.
Having shaved off his signature moustache one day, the narrator is distraught to find that no-one notices his new look; but as others start to deny he ever had a moustache, questions about who he is abound and drive him on a desperate search. Taking a shocking, conclusive turn, this is a powerful and unforgettable tale of self-doubt and identity gone missing.