Eubook Club Blackwaterlilies

EuROPEAN book Club: the end of eddy

Saturday, November 24, 2017 – 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Alliance Française de Vancouver

Organized by the Alliance Française de Vancouver and EUNIC Canada-Vancouver, the next meeting with the EU Book Club will be with a French novel by Edouard Louis.

“The End of Eddy "
("En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule ”)

“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.

Already translated into twenty languages, The End of Eddy captures the violence and desperation of life in a French factory town. It is also a sensitive, universal portrait of boyhood and sexual awakening. 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.

The Author

Born Eddy Bellegueule in Hallencourt, France, in 1992, Edouard Louis is the author of two novels and the editor of a book on the social scientist Pierre Bourdieu. His work has appeared in Freeman's and the Los Angeles Review of Books. His bestselling debut novel, The End of Eddy, now available in paperback, about growing up gay in a small village in northern France where many people live below the poverty line, has been translated into twenty languages, and has made him the most celebrated French writer of his generation, inspiring impassioned debate on social inequality, sexuality and violence. 

Note: The English translation of the novel, is available in paperback and e-books formats at Chapters and Amazon and also at the Burnaby Public Library. It is also available in French at the Alliance Française library.

Admission is free, but please register by e-mail: