One night in a Parisian nightclub and the aftermath of a marriage provide the stories for these two novels by Frederic Beigbeder, award-winning author of ''Windows on the World''. In ''Holiday in a Coma'', Marc Marronier, a shallow, superficial, rich Parisian who works as an advertising executive, is invited by his old friend to the opening of a new nightclub called The Shitter (a satirical take on the famous Paris nightclub Les Bains Douche). Taking place over a single unforgettable night, the novel documents everything from the pit-bull bouncer on the door, to the drugs, cocktails and wannabes who frequent the club, and Marc''s attempts to seduce a catwalk model - any one will do. A catalogue of degeneracy, drugs, sex and decibels, ''Holiday in a Coma'' is written with a fury and passion that reflect the author''s own relationship with a world and he both loves and loathes. In ''Love Lasts Three Years'', Marc Maronnier has just been divorced and - shallow opportunist that he is - has decided to write a book about it. He has a theory that love lasts no more than three years, and here - recounting the highs and lows of his marriage and taking us through brash nightclubs, vainglorious offices and soulless designer apartments - he brings to bear the theoretical and the empirical to prove his point. Both frightening and funny, the book reads like a diary: sometimes tender and real, sometimes fantastical and cruel, peppered with Beigbeder''s acerbic one-liners and trademark wit.