LIFE S T YLE – BOOK S THESE BOOKS, RECENTLY PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH, WERE SELECTED BY THE FRENCH INSTITUTE
THE END OF EDDY
THE GREAT AND THE GOOD
Louis Published by Michael Lucey Translated by Harvill Secker Original title: En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule (2014)
Published by Gallic
Books Evans Original title: La cour des grands (1996) Translated by Julian
‘Before I had a chance to rebel against the world of my childhood,
From the acclaimed author of The Foundling Boy comes this new
that world rebelled against me. In truth, confronting my parents,
classic set in 1950s America.
my social class, its poverty, racism and brutality came second. From
Arthur Morgan is aboard the Queen Mary bound for New York
early on I provoked shame and even disgust from my family and
City, where a scholarship at an Ivy League university awaits him,
others around me. The only option I had was to get away somehow.
along with the promise of a glittering future. He comes across
This book is an effort to understand all that.’
gilded youth, the rich and eccentric, and is even invited to the
Edouard Louis grew up in Hallencourt, a village in northern
White House. He succeeds in meeting the great and the good.
France where many live below the poverty line. His bestselling
But the few days spent on the ship will have a defining effect on
debut novel about life there, The End of Eddy, has sparked debate
the young Frenchman, when he encounters the love of his life,
on social inequality, sexuality and violence. It is an extraordinary
and the repercussions of these unfulfilled desires and love will
portrait of escaping from an unbearable childhood, inspired by
resurface long after Arthur has returned to France.
the author’s own. Written with an openness and compassionate
Born in Paris in 1919, the author Michel Déon is a member of
intelligence, ultimately, it asks, how can we create our own
the Académie française and the author of more than 50 works.
He now lives in Ireland. I
SORROW OF THE EARTH by Eric
EVE OUT OF HER RUINS
Published by Pushkin
Press Jefferson Original title: Tristesse de la terre: Une histoire de Buffalo Bill Cody (1914)
Devi Published by Les Fugitives Translated by Jeffrey Zuckerman Original title: Eve de ses décombres (1996)
Translated by Ann
Buffalo Bill was the prince of show business. His spectacular Wild Published in co-edition with CB Editions and, in the US, by Deep
West shows were performed to packed houses across the world,
Vellum in September 2016, this book is supported by the French
holding audiences spellbound with their grand re-enactments
Institute (UK) as part of the Burgess programme.
of tales from the American frontier. For Bill gave the crowds
With brutal honesty and poetic urgency, Ananda Devi relates the
something they'd never seen before: real-life Indians.
tale of four young Mauritians trapped in their country’s endless
This astonishing work of historical re-imagining tells the little-
cycle of fear and violence: Eve, whose body is her only weapon
known story of the Native Americans swallowed up by Buffalo Bill's
and source of power; Savita, Eve’s best friend, the only one who
great entertainment machine. Of Chief Sitting Bull, paraded in
loves Eve without self-interest, who has plans to leave but will not
theatres to boos and catcalls for $50 a week. Of a baby Lakota girl,
go alone; Saadiq, gifted would-be poet, inspired by Rimbaud, in
found under her mother's frozen body, adopted and displayed
love with Eve; Clélio, belligerent rebel, waiting without hope for
on the stage. Of the last few survivors of Wounded Knee, hired
his brother to send for him from France.
to act out the horrific massacre of their tribe as entertainment.
Eve Out of Her Ruins is a heartbreaking look at the dark corners
And of Buffalo Bill Cody himself, hamming it to the last, even as it
of the island nation of Mauritius that tourists never see, and a
poignant exploration of lives at the margins of society. Published
Told with beauty, compassion and anger, Sorrow of the Earth
in the UK for the first time, this celebrated novel won the 2006
shows us tragedy turned into a circus act, history into sham, truth
Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie. I
into a spectacle more powerful than reality itself. Could any of us turn away? I
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