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History of Violence by [Edouard Louis, Lorin Stein]

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An intense and uncomfortably thrilling book, which uses the harrowing events of that Christmas Eve as a basis for a wider exploration of class, race and individualism... a novel that is unflinching in its examination of class and discrimination. -- Tash Aw * Times Literary Supplement * [A] heartbreaking novel... I find myself captivated by Edouard Louis's books and his raw honesty. -- John Boyne * Irish Times * [A] harrowing piece of autofiction... History of Violence is a slim but densely layered novel that begins with raw urgency. -- Johanna Thomas-Corr * The Times * [B]oth brave and ambitious in its determination never to let its reader, or its author, escape lightly the damaging realities it describes. -- Tim Adams * Observer * Louis's greatest strength as a writer is that he feels things so passionately, sometimes to the point of obsession, but that he also has a philosophical turn of mind that explores, rather than neutralises, his feelings. -- Edmund White * Guardian * --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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The radical, urgent new novel from the author of The End of Eddy - a personal and powerful story of violence --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B072M41C13
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Vintage Digital (14 June 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3846 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 210 pages
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4.0 out of 5 stars You know what's coming but you have no idea what will trigger it.
By Steve Andrews on 19 December 2021
'... it's just the opposite of what they say, you should have the right to remain silent, those who have survived violence should have the right to keep it to themselves, they alone should have the right to silence ...' This is a short autobiographical novel in which the author is the protagonist, the narrator and also the voice of his sister as he eavesdrops on her telling his story, of being raped and almost murdered by a stranger on Christmas night, to her husband, silently correcting the mistakes she makes in the retelling for the benefit of us, the readers. Powerful and eloquently crafted, the dichotomy of linguistic beauty and the menace of the brutality that we know is coming, and the dynamics of dysfunctional familial ties, are captivating elements that only a very talented writer can bring together in the telling of such a devastating event without even a hint of self-victimisation. I would have liked more about what has happened since the attack but not all of our questions in life can be answered. I imagine it is the same for the author when he allows himself to revisit these events.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 December 2021
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3.0 out of 5 stars More of a novella than a full novel.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 August 2018
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 August 2018
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3.0 out of 5 stars Duro y sincero pero algo pesado
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