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12095078_1075529879138337_9063681969447837301_o “Every morning in the bathroom I would repeat the same phrase to myself over and over again . . . Today I’m really gonna be a tough guy.” Growing up in a poor village in northern France, all Eddy Bellegueule wanted was to be a man in the eyes of his family and neighbors. But from childhood, he was different—“girlish,” intellectually precocious, and attracted to other men.

Like Karl Ove Knausgaard or Edmund White, Édouard Louis writes from his own undisguised experience, but he writes with an openness and a compassionate intelligence that are all his own. The result—a critical and popular triumph—has made him the most celebrated French writer of his generation.

About the Author

Édouard LouisBorn Eddy Bellegueule in Hallencourt, France, Édouard Louis is one of the most prominent young voices in the literary French landscape today. His first novel, The End of Eddy, was an instant best-seller, and was translated into 20 languages. He also authored a second novel, Histoire de la violence, and is the editor of a scholarly work on the sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. He is the co-author, with the philosopher Geoffroy de Lagasnerie, of "Manifesto for an Intellectual and Political Counteroffensive", published in English by the Los Angeles Review of Books.

About the Moderator

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Côme de La Bouillerie is currently teaching French and is involved in developing curriculum for courses on French media in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. He studied French literature and Classics at l’Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, and interned at Le Monde newspaper. In 2016-2017, he worked for the CAPS (Center for Analysis, Planning and Strategy) at the French ministry of Foreign Affairs.



About the Boston Book Festival

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The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. provide a platform for exchange and innovation between French and American artists, intellectuals, educators, students, the tech community, and the general public. Based in New York City, Washington D.C., and eight other cities across the US, the Cultural Services develop the cultural economy by focusing on six principal fields of action: the arts, literature, cinema, the digital sphere, French language and higher education.


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This event is co-presented with the Boston Book Festival and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. and made possible thanks in part to the Mosaïque Cultural Fund.

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