The present paper aims to shed new light on the narrative works of the French contemporary author Jean Echenoz from a discourse-theoretical perspective. For this purpose, the first step is to consider Peter V. Zimas concept of discourse. Zima describes discourse as a transphrastic narrative unit of meaning with a semantic basis and a hierarchical structure. As a result, we reach the conclusion that a narrative text should also be understood as a hierarchical entity, consisting of discourses which are translated from their social context into fiction by the process of narration. Secondly, we discuss Marc Angenots concept of discourse, which directs our attention to discourse in society as a whole. The observation that the latter comprises a variety of individual interconnected discourses leads us to presume that the narrative texts under consideration also contain relationships between discourses which have been translated into fiction. The third step is to discuss Michel Foucaults abstract concept of discourse, which confirms our strategy of prefacing the textual analysis with a review of the critical literature on Jean Echenoz, and of viewing the novel as an interweaving of social discourses rendered in narrative form. After establishing this theoretical foundation, we continue by examining the circumstances that shaped French literary production in the 1980s, briefly consider the literary aesthetic positions of Jean Echenoz and give an overview of the current state of research. Against the backdrop of our theoretical knowledge, we then proceed to analyse the first three texts, ‘Le méridien de Greenwich‘ (1979), ‘Cherokee (1983) and ‘L'Équipée malaise (1986), and the two second-to-last texts, ‘Courir (2008) and ‘Des éclairs (2010), and to summarise the results in a concluding discussion.