The End of Eddy: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Louis, Edouard
Translated By: Lucey, Michael
Subject:  FICTION / Biographical
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Published: May 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 7.50in x 5.00in
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From The Publisher*An autobiographical novel about growing up gay in a working-class town in Picardy. Every morning in the bathroom I would repeat the same phrase to myself over and over again . . . Today I'm really gonna be a tough guy. " Growing up in a poor village in northern France, all Eddy Bellegueule wanted was to be a man in the eyes of his family and neighbors. But from childhood, he was different - "girlish," intellectually precocious, and attracted to other men. Already translated into twenty languages, The End of Eddy captures the violence and desperation of life in a French factory town. It is also a sensitive, universal portrait of boyhood and sexual awakening. Like Karl Ove Knausgaard or Edmund White, Edouard Louis writes from his own undisguised experience, but he writes with an openness and a compassionate intelligence that are all his own. The result - a critical and popular triumph - has made him the most celebrated French writer of his generation. "
Review Quote*A seamless, universal portrait of the experience of growing up gay and gradually coming to accept oneself." - Michael Cart, Booklist (starred review) "[One of] Europe's new literary superstars . . . Even in the wake of Knausgaard and Ferrante it is hard to find a literary phenomenon that has swept Europe quite like the autobiographical project of Edouard Louis." - Ane Farsethas, LitHub "A bracingly pitiless account of the psychic and physical violence that lies at the root of masculine identity. Louis's remarkably visceral story of growing up queer in working class France quickly transcends its setting precisely because it delivers us into it with such emotional force." - Adam Haslett, author of Imagine Me Gone "Adouard Louis speaks of violence, both social and familiar, with tremendous force and feeling. Revelatory, queerly tough, as intellectual as it is impolite, The End of Eddy is a book to shake you up." - Justin Torres, author of We the Animals " The End of Eddy is lean and poignant and masterfully tells the tale of growing up gay, poor, and bullied. No one has told this story as eloquently." - Edmund White, author of A Boy's Own Story "Like a cannonball spilled off the side of a ship, Edouard Louis makes straight for the deeps. The End of Eddy is heart-crushing, soul-stabbing, astonishing, exhilarating. Edouard Louis is exactly the kind of writer we need right now: honest, fearless and, yes, tough." - Laird Hunt, author of Neverhome "
Biographical NoteBorn Eddy Bellegueule in Hallencourt, France, in 1992, Edouard Louis is the author of two novels and the editor of a scholarly work on the social scientist Pierre Bourdieu. He is the coauthor, with the philosopher Geoffroy de Lagasnerie, of Manifesto for an Intellectual and Political Counteroffensive," published in English by the Los Angeles Review of Books . Michael Lucey is a professor of French literature at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Never Say I: Sexuality and the First Person in Colette, Gide, and Proust and The Misfit of the Family: Balzac and the Social Forms of Sexuality, and has translated Returning to Reims by Didier Eribon. "