Jean-Baptiste del Amo avec l’Alliance Française de Seattle
With the aid and assistance of our friends with the French Cultural Office working out of New York, and Alliance Française de Seattle, we’re delighted to welcome French writer Jean Baptiste Del Amo, here with the English language and U.S. publication of his prize-winning novel, Animalia (Grove Press, translation by Frank Wynne).
“Powerful . . . This is not a novel that says just try to recycle a bit more: it is a book that confronts a reader with a stark moral reckoning of the costs of eating meat. There are characters too, but the main character, here, troubled and chased through these pages, is the farm. Fans of Édouard Louis will find a thrilling fellow-traveler here.”—John Freeman, Literary Hub.
“Del Amo’s pungent, nightmarish English-language debut describes, in a mythic, arresting style, the bleak fates of a cursed family and the pigs they rear . . . The florid prose has an incantatory power well suited to the festering enmity, inhumanity, and majestic squalor on display. This uncompromising vision will leave readers breathless, thrilled, and exhausted.”—Publishers Weekly.
This bilingual program, presented in both English and French, includes a conversation with Dr. Amie Shaw, lecturer at the University of Washington and professor at the Alliance Française de Seattle.
Co-presented by Alliance Française de Seattle and Elliott Bay Book Company.