Disturbance: Surviving Charlie Hebdo

Category: Book
By (author): Lancon, Philippe
Translated By: Rendall, Steven
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Editors, Journalists, Publishers
  NON-FICTION / General
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Europa Editions
Published: November 2019
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 448
Size: 8.25in x 5.25in
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From The Publisher*

Winner Prix Femina and Prix du Roman News

Paris, January 7, 2015. Two terrorists who claim allegiance to ISIS attack the satirical weeklyCharlie Hebdo. The event causes untold pain to the victims and their families, prompts a global solidarity movement, and ignites a fierce debate over press freedoms and the role of satire today.

Philippe Lançon, a journalist, author, and a weekly contributor toCharlie Hebdo is gravely wounded in the attack. This intense life experience upends his relationship to the world, to writing, to reading, to love and to friendship. As he attempts to reconstruct his life on the page, Lançon rereads Proust, Thomas Mann, Kafka, and others in search of guidance. It is a year before he can return to writing, a year in which he learns to work through his experiences and their aftermath.

Disturbance is not an essay on terrorism nor is it a witness's account ofCharlie Hebdo. The attack and what followed are part of Lançon's narrative, which, instead, touches upon the universal. It is an honest, intimate account of a man seeking to put his life back together after it has been torn apart.

Disturbance is a book about survival, resilience, and reconstruction, about transformation, about one man's shifting relationship to time, to writing and journalism, to truth, and to his own body.

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Praise forDisturbance

"An undeniable, absolute masterpiece."-Le Figaro Magazine

"[Disturbance] is a fascinating and often sobering read, one that offers insight into human fragility as well as resilience."-World Literature Today

"A great work of literature."-Le Journal du Dimanche

"An extraordinary book."-Elle

"An intense account."-Les Inrockuptiles

"Incredible sensitivity and humanity."-Lepoint.fr

"Remarkable."-Le Monde des Livres

Biographical Note

Philippe Lançon is a French journalist and writer born in 1963.

Steven Rendall has translated more than fifty books from French and German, two of which have won major translation prizes. He is professor emeritus of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon and editor emeritus ofComparative Literature. He currently lives in France.