Virginie Despentes is a writer and filmmaker, and former maid, sex worker, and freelance rock journalist. Her first novel, Baise-Moi, the controversial rape-revenge story, was published in 1992 and adapted for film in 2000. Upon release it became the first film to be banned in France for twenty-eight years. She is the author of over fifteen further works, including Apocalypse Baby (2010) and Bye Bye Blondie (2004), and the autobiographical essay, King Kong Theory (2006).
Part social epic, part punk rock thriller, Vernon Subutex is a remarkable portrait of contemporary society... written with a fury that hits right to the bone - TeleramaVernon Subutex is a great novel because, quite simply, it disturbs you. Despentes is an extraordinary writer - ExpressSex, drugs and 90s punk rock: Vernon Subutex is the Comedie Humaine for our time, produced by the furious talent of Virginie Despentes - CultureboxA masterful blending of characters, voices and plots with an undeniable sense of changing rhythms. This is not just a novel, it's an electrocardiogram - FigaroA mind-blowing portrait of contemporary French society - Les InrocksA vast mural of the world today. We all knew Despentes could write, but we were not expecting this - Figaro magazine