What a fantastic debut from Alexander Maksik. At once an academic novel and a philosophical treatise, You Deserve Nothing approaches philosophical and ethical issues of our time at an international school in Paris. The students are searching. The teacher, William Silver, is searching. Everyone is caught up in existentialist angst. The prose is beautiful and surprising. Somewhere, Sartre is smiling.
Alexander Maksik. You Deserve Nothing. New York: Europa Editions, 2011. PB 9781609450489. $15.