Not a Clue


Not a Clue

A Novel

Chloé Delaume
Translated and with an introduction by Dawn M. Cornelio

246 pages
1 illustration, 1 table


December 2018


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About the Book

In this life-size game of Clue, six psychiatric patients in Paris’s Saint Anne’s Hospital are suspects in the murder of Dr. Black. Though Not a Clue tells the stories of these possible assassins, their lives, and what has brought them to the hospital, the true focus of Chloé Delaume’s intense and tumultuous novel is not merely to discover the identity of the murderer. Rather, by cleverly combining humor with the day-to-day effects of life’s unrelenting compromises, Not a Clue is an astute commentary on the current state of literary production and consumption.

Masterfully juggling an omniscient narratrix, an accusing murder victim, at least six possible suspects as well as their psychiatrists, and a writer who intervenes by refusing to intervene, Delaume uses the characters, weapons, and rooms of the board game Clue to challenge—sometimes violently, sometimes playfully—the norms of typography, syntax, and narrative conventions.

Author Bio

Chloé Delaume is an award-winning French novelist. Among the more than twenty texts she has published since 2000, her second novel, Le Cri du sablier, was awarded the Prix Décembre in 2001. Dawn M. Cornelio is a professor at the University of Guelph in Canada. Her work has appeared in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Women in French Studies, and elsewhere.


Praise for the original French edition
“Like a lace maker, [Delaume] stitches together words, tears apart adjectives, tugs on adjectives, swells with parenthetical asides, and drenches her prose with equal doses of references to mythology as to pop songs.”—Émilie Grangeray, Le Monde 
“With dazzling virtuosity, with its pirouettes, winks, and dizzying mirrored reflections, the final third of the novel in particular brings to mind both baroque esthetics and The Lady from Shanghai’s hall of mirrors. The whole thing is as exhilarating as it is moving.”—Catherine Henry, Benzine Magazine

Table of Contents

Introduction by Dawn M. Cornelio    
First Officer    
Miss Scarlet    
Miss Scarlet in the Kitchen    
Miss Scarlet in the Kitchen with the Monkey Wrench    
Study (Reload)     
Professor Plum    
Professor Plum in the Ballroom    
Professor Plum in the Ballroom with the Candlestick    
Second Officer    
Mrs. White    
Mrs. White in the Lounge    
Mrs. White in the Lounge with the Lead Pipe    
Third Officer    
Dining Room    
Fourth Officer    
Colonel Mustard    
Colonel Mustard in the Billiard Room    
Colonel Mustard in Billiard Room with the Revolver    
Fifth Officer    
Mrs. Peacock    
Mrs. Peacock in the Library    
Mrs. Peacock in the Library with the Rope    
Sixth Officer    
Mr. Green    
Mr. Green in the Conservatory    

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