Hallucinating Foucault

In this ravishing tale of sexual and textual obsession, the young unnamed narrator sets forth from Cambridge on a quest. He is to rescue the subject of his doctoral research, Paul Michel, the brilliant but mad writer, from incarceration in a mental institution in France. What ensues is a drama of terrible intimacy and tenderness played out one hot and humid summer in Paris and in the south of France. Hallucinating Foucault is a literary thriller that explores with consummate mastery the passionate relationship between reader and writer, between the factual and the fictional, between sanity and madness. In blurring these boundaries, Patricia Duncker has written a novel of astonishing power and beauty.

Publication Details

First published by Serpent's Tail, 1996

Reissued by Bloomsbury in March 2006

USA Edition: Ecco, 1996


Winner of the Dillons First Fiction Award

Winner of The McKitterick Prize 1997


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