The Son of Man

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Text Publishing Company, 4 giu 2024 - 224 pagine

In the soft morning light, a man, a woman, and a child drive to Les Roches, a dilapidated house, where the man grew up with his own ruthless father. After several years of absence, the man has reappeared in the life of his wife and their young son, intent on being a family again. While the mother watches the passing days with apprehension, the son discovers the enchantment of nature.

As the father’s hold over them intensifies, the return to their previous life and home seems increasingly impossible. Haunted by his past and consumed with jealousy, the father slips into a kind of madness that only the son will be able to challenge.

Written in flawless, cinematic prose, and brilliantly translated by Frank Wynne, The Son of Man is an exceptional novel of nature and wildness, and a blistering examination of how families fold together and break apart under duress.

Jean-Baptiste Del Amo was born in 1981 and is one of France’s most exciting writers. Animalia, his fourth novel, published by Text in 2019, won the Prix du Livre Inter 2017 and the 2020 Republic of Consciousness Prize, and was shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt, Prix Femina, Prix Medicis and Prix Wepler. The Son of Man, published by Gallimard in 2021, is his second novel to appear in English.

Frank Wynne has translated works by authors including Michel Houellebecq, Patrick Modiano, Virginie Despentes and Mathias Enard. His work has earned many awards, including the IMPAC Prize, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the Premio Valle Inclán and the International Dublin Literary Award.

‘Del Amo gives a soul to this drama. We oscillate constantly between nature writing, a fable and a psychological novel.’ Livres Hebdo

‘The simple plot becomes as complex as the psychology of these human beasts...Rarely has this young author hit the right notes so perfectly.’ Le Monde

‘Many magnificent scenes—brief moments of light amidst the darkness and a fear so intense you could cut it with a knife.’ Le Figaro Littéraire

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Jean-Baptiste Del Amo was born in 1981 and is one of France’s most exciting writers. Animalia, his fourth novel, published by Text in 2019, won the Prix du Livre Inter 2017 and the 2020 Republic of Consciousness Prize, and was shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt, Prix Femina, Prix Medicis and Prix Wepler. The Son of Man, published by Gallimard in 2021, is his second novel to appear in English.

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