Happy Are the Happy

Written by Yasmina Reza; John Cullen (Translator)
Written by Yasmina Reza
Translated by John Cullen
(Other Press, January 2015)

Published by Other Press and available on January 27th, 2015.

The internationally acclaimed playwright and novelist Yasmina Reza stages a band of eighteen characters at war with their lives, with only humor to sustain them.

"Happy are the loved ones and the lovers and those who can do without love. Happy are the happy". — Jorge Luis Borges

Schnitzler’s La Ronde gives these twenty short chapters their shape while Borges’s poem gives them their content. As we move from story to story, thrilled to reconnect with an old acquaintance from an earlier scene, we can’t help but admit that we are very much at home in this human comedy that understands all too well the passing thoughts, desires, actions, fears, and mistakes that we have and make day after day, but that we would be incapable of rendering with such acuity and compassion.

Invited by 92nd Street Y, she will be in New York City on February 9th, 2015 to present her new novel. More information about this event here.


“Compelling.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Reza’s stories build and build, creating a complicated, multifaceted world.” — Publishers Weekly

“[Happy are the Happy] confirms Reza as a sharply observant wit.” — The Independent

“Reza…creates moments of intense drama, exhibiting the tensions and conflicts crackling through lives. The author skilfully peels away the veneer of life to reveal the secrets seething within.” — The Guardian

“[Reza] has a superpower for zeroing in on each beat of an argument, each buried emotion.” — The Times (UK)

“Yasmina Reza has set herself a challenge in her latest novel, and she rises to it beautifully.” —
The Economist

Happy are the Happy is a spiky, brilliantly observed novel about marriage, infidelity, dreams and disillusion.” — The Telegraph

“The characters in Yasmina Reza’s Happy are the Happy speak to our fears about the constant perils of domestic life. However, the book is not sanctimonious and thanks to Reza’s humor and humanism we become attached and identify with her characters. I wish the book was twice as long.” — Sam Jaffe-Goldstein, Community Bookstore (Brooklyn, NY)

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