Who Killed My Father

Who Killed My Father

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Who Killed My Father is the story of a tough guy - the story of the little boy I never was. The story of my father.

In Who Killed My Father, Edouard Louis explores key moments in his father's life, and the tenderness and disconnects in their relationship.

Told with the fire of a writer determined on social justice, and with the compassion of a loving son, the book urgently and brilliantly engages with issues surrounding masculinity, class, homophobia, shame and social poverty.

It unflinchingly takes aim at systems that disadvantage those they seek to exclude - those who have their expectations, hopes and passions crushed by a society which gives them little thought.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 96 pages
  • 138 x 204 x 15mm | 197g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1787301222
  • 9781787301221
  • 48,966

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"To understand what is happening now in France, or indeed, all over Europe, this is an essential text"
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"Edouard Louis [is] the vanguard of France's new generation of political writers" -- Arjun Neil Alim * Evening Standard * "Edouard Louis... speaks with an emotional authenticity and a stylistic confidence that is hard to ignore" -- Tim Adams * Observer * "This short work tackles the intersections of class, gender and sexuality... Louis gives voice to the way the cruel, crude hegemony of masculinity has essentially destroyed his father's life, making him "as much a victim of the violence" he inflicted as of the violence he endured" -- Lauren Elkin * Guardian * "This valuable tale brings emotion to a discussion led by numbers, encouraging us to remember the real human lives affected by policy and political point-scoring" -- Todd Gillespie * Financial Times * "To understand what is happening now in France, or indeed, all over Europe, this is an essential text" * Irish Times * "[A] small but hugely powerful book... Louis has further enhanced his growing reputation as the head of France's new wave of revolutionary writers" -- Paul Simon * Morning Star * "With great clarity, this short autobiography speaks of 21st-century working-class lives tarnished by shame and the erosion of hopes and ambitions. Louis and his father appear to recover from their personal losses of love and joy and family life; but it feels too late and at too great a cost" -- Martin Myers * Times Higher Education *
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About Edouard Louis

Edouard Louis (Author)
Edouard 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 two novels, The End of Eddy and History of Violence, were translated into thirty languages, and have made him one of the most celebrated writers of his generation.
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1,894 ratings
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4 43% (807)
3 17% (331)
2 4% (75)
1 1% (22)
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