The End of Eddy
Before I had a chance to rebel against the world of my childhood, that world rebelled against me. In truth, confronting my parents, my social class, its poverty, racism and brutality came second. From early on I provoked shame and even disgust from my family and others around me. The only option I had was to get away somehow . . . douard Louis grew up in Hallencourt, a village in northern France where many live below the poverty line. His bestselling debut novel, The End of Eddy, is an extraordinary portrait of escaping from an unbearable childhood, inspired by the author's own. Written with an openness and compassionate intelligence, ultimately it asks, how can we create our own freedom?'Courageous, necessary and deeply touching' Guardian
"The real achievement of the book is not its reportage, but its attitude. It is written entirely without self pity - and, astonishingly, without judgment... courageous, necessary and deeply touching" -- Neil Bartlett * Guardian * "It is a brutal, forceful, gripping read. There is no hipster posing, no ironic distance; its anger and rawness make it refreshing. He has something to say - and it's worth listening to... I suspect we'll be hearing more of Edouard Louis. He is that relatively rare thing - a novelist with something to say and a willingness to say it, without holding back" -- Robbie Millen * The Times * "A candid, necessary call against conventional definitions of masculinity and the fear of difference" -- Claire Kohda Hazelton * Observer * "Extraordinary... In prose that revels in describing pain and deprivation, moments of extreme tenderness surface even in the midst of violence" -- Tash Aw * London Review of Books * "The End of Eddy portrays a childhood marked by fear and violence... His use of...language...gives it a devastating emotional force. To write the novel is at once an act of solidarity and an act of vengeance." -- Garth Greenwell * New Yorker *
Born Eddy Bellegueule in Hallencourt, France, in 1992, douard Louis is the author of two novels and the editor of a book on the social scientist Pierre Bourdieu. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian and Freeman's. His first novel, The End of Eddy, was translated into more than twenty-five languages, and has made him the most celebrated French writer of his generation.