Thursday, June 29, 2017

Histoire de la Violence - Edouard Louis

You may well harbour all sorts of opinions on the author's choice to tell an autobiographical event (rape and physical violence) in a novelized narrative - and all sorts of opinions are indeed both harboured and expressed in the media - but Louis's literary talent is so irrefutable, there is no way for me not to love this.

The writing style is elaborate, with multiple narrative voices and multiple time spans intertwining as the night in question unfolds, just as these events interweave with stories of his past (again!). Convoluted yet seemingly effortless = Truly elegant!

Extra bonus points for the literary interlude assimilating his experience to that of Temple Drake in Faulkner's 'Sanctuary'.


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