Adam Pollo, an amnesiac ex-student, has broken into an empty seaside villa. He visits the town at rare intervals. Soon lack of human contact affects him like a drug and he experiences other modes of being: through a dog's eye or a rat's states of heightened consciousness which build up into a terrifying world of glaring hallucinatory experience.
Francois Besson listens to a tape recording of a girl contemplating suicide. Drifting through the days in a provincial city, he thoughtlessly starts a fire in his apartment, attends confession, and examines, with great intentness but without affection, a naked woman he wakes beside.
Explores how the physical sensations we experience can be as strong as feelings of love or hate, with their power to bring chaos to our lives. This title features tales such as "The Day that Beaumont became Acquainted with his Pain", "Fever", and "A Day of Old Age". It portrays the landscape of the human consciousness.
Features a journey that begins in the dazzling streets of a nameless necropolis, and leads across fleeting landscapes - deserts, seas, mountains, islands, cities and great plains - to countless entertainments and adventures in four continents.
Upon an immense stretch of flat ground at the mouth of a river bathed in sunlight rises Hyperpolis. It stands there, surrounded by its four asphalt car-parks, to condemn us - a huge enveloping supermarket. Each of us will see ourselves reflected in the characters who move mindlessly about Hyperpolis.
War - in the mind of the fragile Bea B, in the infinite icy landscape she journeys through, in Vietnam, in 10,000 years of human history. The war of the title is not merely a war of arms but a generalised state of violence permeating every atom of Le Clezio's creation. Bea B searches for clues for the origin of the evil.