Voyage to the End of the Room Oceane, a graphic designer in London, is all but agoraphobic: When she wants to experience Finland, her travel agent imports some Finns to her place… Voyage to the End of the Room Oceane, a graphic designer in London, is all but agoraphobic: When she wants to experience Finland, her travel agent imports some Finns to her place… Fiction
Book Review

Voyage To The End Of The Room (Holiday 2003)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Writer: Tibor Fischer; Genre: Fiction

Oceane, a graphic designer in London, is all but agoraphobic: When she wants to experience Finland, her travel agent imports some Finns to her place for a dinner party. Years ago, while performing at a live sex show in Barcelona -- ''Writhing about in ecstasy is harder work than you would credit'' -- she dated Walter, who later died. Imagine her surprise when she starts getting letters from him. To sleuth this out, she seeks the assistance of Audley, whose usual line of work raises debt collecting to an art of pain. The proper response to all of this is Wha? Fischer, author of 1992's acclaimed ''Under the Frog,'' has whipped up a tall tale about home and distance that, though nattily surreal, often trips over its own cleverness.

Originally posted Jan 23, 2004 Published in issue #747-748 Jan 23, 2004 Order article reprints
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