A poignant ode.

—Fabienne Pascaud, Télérama 

This bracing new nonfiction book by the young superstar Édouard Louis is both a searing j’accuse of the viciously entrenched French class system and a wrenchingly tender love letter to his father

Available March 29, 2019

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.” It’s as simple as that.

But hand in hand with searing, specific denunciations are tender passages of a love story between a father and son badly damaged by shame, poverty and homophobia, but still so alive. Tenderness reconciles them just as the state kills off his father. Louis goes after the French system with bare knuckles but then turns to his long-alienated father with open arms: this passionate combination makes Who Killed My Father a heartbreaking book.

Translated from the French by Lorin Stein

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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