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Édouard Louis

Autor(a) de The End of Eddy: A Novel

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Obras por Édouard Louis

The End of Eddy: A Novel (2014) 847 exemplares
History of Violence: A Novel (2016) 349 exemplares
Who Killed My Father (2018) 267 exemplares
Changer : méthode (2021) 128 exemplares
Pierre Bourdieu : L'insoumission en héritage (2013) — Editor — 17 exemplares
Dialogue sur l'art et la politique (2021) — Autor — 12 exemplares
Adeu a l'Eddy Bellegueule (2024) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

O'r pedwar gwynt, Gwanwyn 2019 (2019) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Bellegueule, Eddy
Outros nomes
Louis, Édouard
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Hallencourt, Frankrijk



The End of Eddy, the first autobiographical novel by Édouard Louis published in 2014, was an account of the extreme poverty and homophobic violence he experienced growing up in a village in northern France. Change, which starts where Eddy ended, might well have been called the revenge of Eddy.

It’s about ambition as a desire to become someone else, success as revenge on those who abused and excluded him; as revenge on fate itself. Young Eddy is sent to a Lycée in Amiens specialising in the performing arts after a teacher in his village school discovers that he has a gift for acting. Hardly surprising given that he had been acting all his short life in a desperate attempt to fit in. He continues to display his theatrical skills after meeting a middle-class fellow student called Elena and her cultured family, consciously aping her manners, habits and interests. He begins to systematically change every aspect of himself: his accent, the way he walks, how he laughs, the clothes he wears, the food he eats and even how he holds cutlery, his hairline, his crooked teeth, and his name. He finances his reinvention by working as a rent boy. He determines to become famous to show his tormentors that he is better than them (famous for what is less important to him).

Change is a dream of revenge which comes true, but the victory is pyrrhic. Louis triumphs only at the cost of eradicating himself and his history. He moves on in the world but neglects to take his past with him. When he leaves Amiens for Paris, having been accepted as a student at the École Normale Supérieure, Elena accuses him of having used her and her family to his advantage. He is attacked by friends on social media as egotistical, manipulative and a social climber. His education estranges him from his family. Constantly moving on, in flight from his past as much as in pursuit of the future, he leaves behind him a trail of broken relationships. He finds himself in a sort of no man’s land; self-exiled from his own class and not fully accepted or at ease in the bourgeois world he has entered. His first book becomes a bestseller but the revenge of success turns out to be not so sweet or liberating as he imagined.

I’m making Change sound like an old-fashioned morality tale, beware of what you wish for and all that, and perhaps it is. Eddy effectively turns himself into a persona rather than a person. A deep ambivalence about the concept of social mobility in class societies runs through this novel. A hard-won scepticism which provides a healthy corrective to all those facile ‘change your life’ books.

Louis’ prose is spare, intimate, and as clear as a windowpane. His superb narrative ability draws the reader in and makes the book hard to put down (admittedly I read him in translation, I expect he is even better in the original French). He has a rare gift for extrapolating sociological and political argument from precise observation of experience. He writes about his emotions and his desire for revenge, his sometimes appallingly insensitive behaviour towards his mother, and his opportunism, with a frankness that is often quite chilling. I read Change quickly, swept up by the power and urgency of the story, but will certainly read it again. Its deceptively simple style contains immense complexity of thought about how we live now. Rather like Orwell, another master of self-transformation whose work blurred the boundaries of fact and fiction, Louis is a politically committed writer yet highly nuanced, even conflicted, and that makes reading him a fascinating but slippery business.

The great B.S. Johnson, who also obsessively told his life story and working-class family history in the form of novels, once said that novelists should write ‘as though it mattered, as though they meant it, as though they meant it to matter’. Édouard Louis is certainly doing that. He is a writer of profound moral seriousness whose apparently solipsistic narratives illuminate the whole of society.
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gpower61 | 5 outras críticas | Mar 10, 2024 |
GordonPrescottWiener | 27 outras críticas | Aug 24, 2023 |
This is a moving story about growing up gay in a small town in northern France. What struck me particularly is how easily the events described could have taken place in the north of England, or probably in any economically disadvantaged region in an industrialised country. I feel like this is autofiction, in the sense that it claims to be fiction, but I think it's basically a memoir. The first person narrator, Eddy, endures relentless homophobia, loneliness and poverty. However, the subject matter is lifted from pure misery and anger by the Eddy's charming presence. He is philosophical, humorous and playful. There is a sense that he's not just trying to tell the story of his life, but to understand it and connect it to something larger than himself.

The prose is lively and charming. There's a sense that the narrator is struggling to find a way the best way to tell this story and is not embarrassed about bringing the reader on that journey. I, for one, am very glad to have been invited along.
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robfwalter | 27 outras críticas | Jul 31, 2023 |
Es un libro de cuya tragedia qué auto narra el autor es trágicamente morbosa
cmriverav | 8 outras críticas | Feb 15, 2023 |



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