Animalia

Awards:   Short-listed for German Book Prize, Translation 2019 (Germany) Winner of Finalist, Translation, German Book Prize 2019 (Germany) Winner of Prix du Livre Inter 2017 (France) Winner of Prix Valery-Larbaud.
Author:   Jean-Baptiste Del Amo
Publisher:   Text Publishing
ISBN:  

9781925773767


Pages:   424
Publication Date:   07 May 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Animalia


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Awards

  • Short-listed for German Book Prize, Translation 2019 (Germany)
  • Winner of Finalist, Translation, German Book Prize 2019 (Germany)
  • Winner of Prix du Livre Inter 2017 (France)
  • Winner of Prix Valery-Larbaud.

Overview

Animalia tells the confronting and compelling story of a peasant family in south-west France as they develop their plot of land into an intensive pig farm. In an environment dominated by animals, five generations endure the cataclysm of two world wars, economic disasters, and the emergence of a brutal industrialism. Only the enchanted realm of childhood-that of leonore, the matriarch, and Jerome, her grandson-and the innate freedom of the animals offer any respite from the barbarity of humanity. Animalia is a powerful novel about man's desire to conquer nature and the transmission of violence from one generation to the next.

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Author:   Jean-Baptiste Del Amo
Publisher:   Text Publishing
Imprint:   The Text Publishing Company
Dimensions:   Width: 15.30cm , Height: 2.80cm , Length: 23.30cm
Weight:   0.496kg
ISBN:  

9781925773767


ISBN 10:   1925773760
Pages:   424
Publication Date:   07 May 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Language:   English

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`Animalia is a book about sex and violence, but it has unusual sobriety, and a story with a deep pull. The way it senses the natural world, in seed, vein, hair, grain, pore, bud, fluid is like nothing I've read.' * Daisy Hildyard, author of The Second Body * An epic tale, a parable, a triumph.' * Le Monde * `Reminiscent of Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury.' * Le Figaro * `Stunning...Shades of Antonin Artaud's machete let loose on Georges de La Tour's paintings...A book people will talk about.' * Le Point * `A splendid novel...While tackling the issue of animal rights, Jean-Baptiste Del Amo constructs an intelligent, elliptical story, a meditation on human barbarity, family tensions and history that repeats itself. But Animalia is above all a virtuoso piece of writing that makes us experience colours and smells in a way so few works of recent fiction do-and which, incidentally, may inspire you to reduce the amount of pork you eat.' * Lire * `Radical, violent and disturbing.' -- Telerama `Jean-Baptiste Del Amo's talent is impressive. His writing is both rich and explicit, sinuous and et razor-sharp, sensuous and surgical.' -- Le Journal du Dimanche `An epic book about family and human barbarity. An astonishing novel. Beyond its thematic richness, the pictorial power of the scenes and the savage sensitivity of the words in Animalia are worthy at moments of the best of Cormac McCarthy. A dark splendour.' -- L'Express `Animalia is stupendously good. This is a novel of epic scope and equally epic ambition, and it is exhilarating and frightening to read. Every page blazes with incandescent prose. After reading Animalia it might be a while before I can return to reading a contemporary novel, I suspect everything will seem tepid and timid in comparison. Del Amo has thrown us down a gauntlet: be bold, be daring, be rigorous, be a poet. A stunning book.' * Christos Tsiolkas *


`Animalia is a book about sex and violence, but it has unusual sobriety, and a story with a deep pull. The way it senses the natural world, in seed, vein, hair, grain, pore, bud, fluid is like nothing I've read.' * Daisy Hildyard, author of The Second Body * An epic tale, a parable, a triumph.' * Le Monde * `Reminiscent of Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury.' * Le Figaro * `Stunning...Shades of Antonin Artaud's machete let loose on Georges de La Tour's paintings...A book people will talk about.' * Le Point * `A splendid novel...While tackling the issue of animal rights, Jean-Baptiste Del Amo constructs an intelligent, elliptical story, a meditation on human barbarity, family tensions and history that repeats itself. But Animalia is above all a virtuoso piece of writing that makes us experience colours and smells in a way so few works of recent fiction do-and which, incidentally, may inspire you to reduce the amount of pork you eat.' * Lire * `Radical, violent and disturbing.' -- Telerama `Jean-Baptiste Del Amo's talent is impressive. His writing is both rich and explicit, sinuous and et razor-sharp, sensuous and surgical.' -- Le Journal du Dimanche `An epic book about family and human barbarity. An astonishing novel. Beyond its thematic richness, the pictorial power of the scenes and the savage sensitivity of the words in Animalia are worthy at moments of the best of Cormac McCarthy. A dark splendour.' -- L'Express


Winner of the Prix du Livre Inter Winner of the Prix Valery-Larbaud `Jean-Baptiste Del Amo's talent is stunning. His writing is both rich and explicit, sinuous and et razor-sharp, sensuous and surgical.' -- Le Journal du Dimanche `Radical, violent and disturbing.' -- Telerama `Beyond its thematic richness, the pictorial power of the scenes and the savage sensitivity of the words in Animalia are worthy at moments of the best of Cormac McCarthy. A dark splendour.' -- L'Express


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Jean-Baptiste del Amo, born in 1981, is one of France's most exciting and talented young writers. Animalia, his fourth novel, is his first to appear in English. Translator Frank Wynne's translations include works by Michel Houellebecq, Frederic Beigbeder and Virginie Despentes.

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