Louis, Edouard (Author) & Stein, Lorin (Translator). WHO KILLED MY FATHER. London, England: Harvill Secker, 2019. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 192 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's third novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the American Edition, released on March 26, 2019, five weeks later. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents Edouard Louis' "Qui sa tue mon pere" in a felicitous English translation by Lorin Stein, himself one of the most brilliant writers in the English language. An accusation, not a question, the modern "J'Accuse". That is, the state effectively killed his father. Edouard Louis' father is still alive at the time of the novel's publication, barely, being severely disabled, but forced to keep on working because if he doesn't, he loses his disability benefits. The third novel in the prodigious young writer's "Autobiography" Trilogy preceded by "The End of Eddy" (2017) and "History of Violence" (2018). "Rips into France's long neglect of the working class and its overt contempt for the poor, accusing the complacent French of negligent homicide. The author goes to visit the ugly, gray town of his childhood to see his father, barely fifty years old, who can hardly walk or breathe: 'You belong to the category of humans whom politics consigns to an early death'. Hand in hand with searing, specific denunciations are tender passages of a love between Father and Son, once damaged by shame, poverty, and homophobia. This combination makes 'Who Killed My Father' a heartbreaking book" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Edouard Louis collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed and dated (one day before publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "20/02/19 Edouard Louis". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and pre-publication dated copy of the First British Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Precedes and should NOT be confused with the American Edition, released on March 26, 2019, five weeks later. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER EDOUARD LOUIS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1787301222. $150.00

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