Édouard Louis

Édouard Louis

Born Eddy Bellegueule in Hallencourt, France, in 1992, ÉDOUARD LOUIS is a novelist and the editor of a scholarly work on the social scientist Pierre Bourdieu.

Who Killed My Father

Nonfiction by Édouard Louis

Highly acclaimed for The End of Eddy, Édouard Louis in 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. “Racism,” he quotes Ruth Gilmore, “is the exposure of certain groups to premature death.” And Louis goes to visit the ugly gray town of his childhood to see his dying father—barely fifty years old, he can hardly walk or breathe: “You belong to the category of humans whom politics consigns to an early death.…
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A poignant ode.

—Fabienne Pascaud, Télérama 

After Karl Ove Knausgaard and Elena Ferrante … it’s difficult to find a literary sensation that has transfixed so many readers.

—John Sunyer, Financial Times

Canny, brilliant: a devastating emotional force.

—Garth Greenwell, The New Yorker

Edouard Louis, the vanguard of France’s new generation of political writers, poses a question without a question mark. Who Killed My Father takes the form of an intimate letter addressed to his father, who is lying on his deathbed at the age of 50. There is no mystery to his father’s state. Jacques Chirac destroyed his intestines. Nicolas Sarkozy broke his back. François Hollande asphyxiated him. And Emmanuel Macron starved him….1789 this is not. But Louis has given his people a voice.

Evening Standard

The head of France’s new wave of revolutionary writers.

Morning Star

Louis speaks with an emotional intensity and stylistic confidence that is hard to ignore. A bludgeoning critique of France’s treatment of its poor.

The Observer
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