Who Killed My Father (Hardcover)

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By Edouard Louis, Lorin Stein (Translator)
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Louis returns to his dreary home in France to visit his dying father, who is barely fifty, and well... it's truly haunting. A highly critical essay and a poignant interweaving of a heartbreaking story of father and son, sociology, and intense political criticism which goes far in such a short essay, managing to tackle poverty, homophobia, class wars, and more. Heartbreaking and extremely touching at the same time, Louis has hit a new high with this, and it should be read widely.

-- Josh

— From Josh H. Staff Picks


This bracing new nonfiction book by the young superstar douard 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--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.

But hand in hand with searing, specific denunciations are tender passages of a love between father and son, once damaged 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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780811228503
ISBN-10: 0811228509
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: March 26th, 2019
Pages: 96
Language: English