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Who Killed My Father

Who Killed My Father

Current price: $12.95
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2023
Publisher:
New Directions
ISBN:
9780811235044
Pages:
96
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Description

Now in paperback, this bracing book by the young superstar Édouard Louis is both a searing j’accuse of the viciously entrenched French class system and a wrenchingly tender love letter to his father

Who Killed My Father rips into France’s long neglect of the working class and its overt contempt for the poor, accusing the complacent French politicians— at the minimum—of negligent homicide. The author goes to visit the ugly gray town of his childhood to see his dying father, barely fifty years old, who can hardly walk or breathe: “You belong to the category of humans whom politics consigns to an early death.” It’s as simple as that. Hand in hand with searing, specific denunciations are tender passages of a love between father and son, damaged early on by shame, poverty, and homophobia. Yet tenderness reconciles them, even as the state is killing off his father. Louis goes after the French system with bare knuckles but turns to his long-alienated father with open arms: this passionate combination makes Who Killed My Father a heartbreaking book.

 

About the Author

Born Eddy Bellegueule in Hallencourt, France, in 1992, E´DOUARD LOUIS is a novelist and the editor of a scholarly work on the social scientist Pierre Bourdieu.

Praise for Who Killed My Father

Canny, brilliant: a devastating emotional force.
— Garth Greenwell - The New Yorker

The homecoming recounted in this book, linking the intimate with the political,
does not blunt Louis’s message, but sharpens it to a fine point. Between his
virtuously bourgeois-bohème reader and his father, he chooses his father. This
is not politics as love, but love as politics. A declaration to his father becomes
a manifesto.
— The Baffler

A brief, poetic telling of the myriad ways societal contempt, homophobia, and
poverty can kill a man. Louis serves as both raconteur and son, expressing
deep and considered empathy for a man whose absence looms large.
— NPR

In Who Killed My Father, [Louis'] fury has been trained and redirected. The new target is the ruling class.

— Tara K. Menon - The Nation