Mend the Living

Category: Book
By (author): Kerangal, Maylis de
Translated By: Moore, Jessica
Subject:  FICTION / In Translation / French
  FICTION / Literary
Awards: Man Booker International Prize (2016) Long-listed
Publisher: Talon Books Ltd
Published: February 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 8.42in x 5.08in
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From The Publisher*The story of a heart transplant, centered mainly around Simon Limbres, the boy whose heart is given, and his family. Mend the Living is a novel centred around the physical and emotional intricacies of a heart transplant. The vibrant life of nineteen-year-old Simon Limbeau comes to a state of suspension, after a car accident, urging his family and friends to the thresholds of grief, ethics, and love, all in the span of twenty-four hours. With a dazzling cast of characters, award-winning author Maylis de Kerangal imagines Simon's body as a locus of relations: Simon'sparents, Marianne and Sean, have been estranged for some time, and must come together to make a decision about their son's heart; Juliette, Simon's girlfriend, is building a labyrinth in a Plexiglas case, awaiting Simon's call; and Simon's friends, Christophe and Johan, have scraped by with broken limbs, but are alive and well. In fluid, poetic prose carried by the momentum of narrative, de Kerangal questions what it means to be alive, offering an incisive, unsentimental, butdeeply moving work that expands the transfer of the corporeal to a sprawling, global scale. De Kerangal is a master storyteller aware of the relationship between narrative and mortality that permeates the work of Marcel Proust, Jorge Luis Borges, and Kazuo Ishiguro. Mend the Living is a testament to the oft-forgotten, vital presence of the human body. Mend the Living is the Canadian English translation of Maylis de Kerangal's sweeping novel, Reparer les vivants. Jessica Moore is the translator. Reparer les vivants has been published in 22 countries since publication in 2014 and has sold over 400,000 copies worldwide. A film adaptation will be released in Fall 2016.
Review Quote*Reviews for the French novel One of the most fascinating writers of her generation ... If this book, for which the author attended a heart transplant, is extremely moving, it's partly because she brings us into the interiority of her characters by rendering each person's relationship to time during the twenty-four hours of the story. With Mend the Living, Maylis de Kerangal moves from technical considerations to metaphysics, from exteriority to interiority. She attains ever higher heights." - Le monde des livres "The most outstanding [literary] achievement of the beginning of 2014 ... Mend the Living is Maylis de Kerangal's most beautiful work to date ... Far from being simply the story of a heart transplant, this novel is a modern epic that examines our relationship to death, in as much detail as our relationship to language ... A book of such beauty it will take your breathaway." - Lire "Maylis de Kerangal holds back (as a good novelist should) from giving answers to these enormous questions around organ donation; but she brings them up with a breathtaking acuity. One thing becomes clear in our reading: human beings are not pure spirit - the body also has soul." Le Figaro litteraire "
Biographical NoteMaylis de Kerangal is the author of several novels in French. Her earlier work, Naissance d'un pont (published in English as Birth of a Bridge ), won le prix Medicis and le prix Franz Hessel in 2010. Her novella Tangente vers l'est was the winner of the 2012 Prix Landerneau. In 2014, her fifth novel, Reparer les vivants (published in English as Mend the Living ), was released towide acclaim, winning the Grand Prix RTL-Lire award and the student choice novel of the year from France Culture and Telèrama. de Kerangal lives in Paris, France. Jessica Moore translated Maylis de Kerangal's novel Birth of a Bridge and, earlier, Jean-Francois Beauchemin's Turkana Boy. She is the author of Everything, Now, part lyric, part memoir, published in 2012 by Brick Books. She is also a songwriter - Beautiful in Red is her debut album.