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The End of Eddy

Edouard Louis | Translated by Michael Lucey

"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 nothern France, all Eddy Bellgueule 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 andEdmund White, Edouard Louis writes from his own undisguised experience, but he writes with an openness and compassionate intelligence that are all his own. The result - a critical and popular triumph - has made him the most celebrated writer of his generation.

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"Like a cannonball spilled off the 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."- Laid Hunt, author of Neverhome

"The End of Eddy is lean and poignant ad masterfull 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

Edouard Louis, born Eddy Bellegueule in Hallecourt in France, is a novelist and the editor of a scholarly work on the social scientist Pierre Bourdieu. He is the coauthor, with the philosopher Geoffroy de Lasagnerie of "Manifesto for an Intellecutal and Political Counteroffensive" published in English by the Los Angeles Review of Books.


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