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Scholastique Mukasonga & Maaza Mengiste ONLINE EVENT Brookline Booksmith and City of Asylum Bookstore
Sep 30
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Scholastique Mukasonga & Maaza Mengiste ONLINE EVENT Brookline Booksmith and City of Asylum Bookstore
Sep 30
Talk
Scholastique Mukasonga & Maaza Mengiste ONLINE EVENT Brookline Booksmith and City of Asylum Bookstore

Édouard Louis at Boston Book Festival

For the fourth year in a row, the French Cultural Center is delighted to host four events, co-presented with the Boston Book Festival and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. At 12:45 PM, Édouard Louis will present his best-selling book, The End of Eddy – an autobiographical novel that captures the violence and desperation of life in a French factory town. It is also a sensitive, universal portrait of boyhood and sexual awakening.

Format: 45 min lecture on the book with a moderator followed by a 15 min Q&A with the public and a book signing.
Language: English

About the book

“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 northern France, all Eddy Bellegueule 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.

Like Karl Ove Knausgaard or Edmund White, Édouard Louis writes from his own undisguised experience, but he writes with an openness and a compassionate intelligence that are all his own. The result—a critical and popular triumph—has made him the most celebrated French writer of his generation.

About the author

Born Eddy Bellegueule in Hallencourt, France, Édouard Louis is one of the most prominent young voices in the literary French landscape today. His first novel, The End of Eddy, was an instant best-seller, and was translated into 20 languages. His second novel, Histoire de la violence, recounted his experience as a victim of rape and attempted murder in 2012. In 2014, Louis was awarded the Pierre Guénin Prize. He is the editor of a scholarly work on the sociologist Pierre Bourdieu and the co-author, with the philosopher Geoffroy de Lagasnerie, of "Manifesto for an Intellectual and Political Counteroffensive", published in English by the Los Angeles Review of Books.

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