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[ Download ] ➽ History of Violence Author Édouard Louis – Dcrjservices.co.uk chapter 1 History of Violence, meaning History of Violence, genre History of Violence, book cover History of Violence, flies History of Violence, History of Violence f6f73f3cc6e14 A Gripping Autobiographical Novel The Best Work Yet From The Most Talked About French Writer Of His GenerationOn Christmas Eve , In Paris, The Novelist Douard Louis Was Raped And Almost Murdered By A Man He Had Just Met This Act Of Violence Left Louis Shattered Its Aftermath Made Him A Stranger To Himself And Sent Him Back To The Village, The Family, And The Past He Had Sworn To Leave BehindA Bestseller In France Challenged And Vindicated In The Courts History Of Violence Is A Short Nonfiction Novel In The Tradition Of Truman Capote S In Cold Blood, But With The Victim As Its Subject Moving Seamlessly And Hypnotically Between Past And Present, Between Louis S Voice And The Voice Of An Imagined Narrator, History Of Violence Has The Exactness Of A Police Report And The Searching, Unflinching Curiosity Of Memoir At Its Best It Records Not Only The Casual Racism And Homophobia Of French Society But Also Their Subtle Effects On Lovers, Brothers And Sisters, Husbands And Wives It Represents A Great Step Forward For A Young Writer Whose Acuity, Skill, And Depth Are Unmatched By Any Novelist Of His Generation, In French Or English


10 thoughts on “History of Violence

  1. says:

    Offering social commentary that s incisive than that of The End of Eddy, while still echoing the debut novel s lurid descriptions and transgressive themes, History of Violence stitches together multiple accounts of the author s rape on Christmas Eve in 2012 The fast moving work of autofiction examines the ways in which the form and meaning of the stories of survivors of sexual violence change depending on who recounts them and in what context.


  2. says:

    In this autobiographical novel, douard Louis tells the story of how he was assaulted, raped and almost strangled to death and the repercussions of this experience It s already brave to share a story like that, but Louis goes even further by radically exposing and questioning every aspect of his behavior and the behavior of the aggressor, and by contrasting his own thoughts with those of his sister who holds very different opinions and his best friends Didier and Geoffrey these are obviously In this autobiographical novel, douard Louis tells the story of how he was assaulted, raped and almost strangled to death and the repercussions of this experience It s already brave to share a story like that, but Louis goes even further by radically exposing and questioning every aspect of his behavior and the behavior of the aggressor, and by contrasting his own thoughts with those of his sister who holds very different opinions and his best friends Didier and Geoffrey these are obviously French star sociologist Didier Eribon and sociologist and philosopher Geoffroy de Lagasnerie Apart from confronting his own near death experience, Louis ventures into asking questions about the nature of violence in general and about the dynamics that lead to the escalation of violence His assault started as a harmless one night stand which slowly turned sour and then got out of control How did this happen And how did it change Louis The narrative is put together as a montage that combines the above mentioned standpoints of the sister, Didier, Geoffrey and the author himself, but always told through the lense of Louis It s cleverly done and manages to digress in several directions without losing grip of the main narrative thread.This book was a huge sensation in France and Germany, and when reading some French articles about it, I learnt that the real aggressor was actually caught and convicted He then sued Louis because of the book, but lost as it is impossible to identify him solely based on Louis novel It is great to see how many fresh and daring books are currently coming out of France, and while I would not say that History of Violence is a success in every aspect, it is certainly brave, thought provoking and intelligent


  3. says:

    I admired The End of Eddy but this book left me unmoved, cold It s the same story retold a traumatic rape instead of a traumatic childhood there s the same analytical, vaguely masochistic intelligence, the same dead voice, echoed here by the narrator s sister who recounts the story like a character in a play, delivering a monologue so staged and tedious it strains credulity The narrator hides behind a door, eavesdropping, commenting on the commentary, providing the book with its spare mom I admired The End of Eddy but this book left me unmoved, cold It s the same story retold a traumatic rape instead of a traumatic childhood there s the same analytical, vaguely masochistic intelligence, the same dead voice, echoed here by the narrator s sister who recounts the story like a character in a play, delivering a monologue so staged and tedious it strains credulity The narrator hides behind a door, eavesdropping, commenting on the commentary, providing the book with its spare moments of inadvertent humor As novels have morphed into memoirs, there s a sense of the suffering sweepstakes, that no unfortunate experience is too excruciating for confabulation Call it reality literature I m still impressed by his talent but Louis needs a new subject Eddy s become a bore


  4. says:

    It came out of the blue A sudden kick to my stomach, reverberating throughout my body It felt personal It couldn t have beenreal than this The book had been on my radar for a while now, however, I did not imagine that it would trigger so many emotions or that it would leave mebereft than ever, once I finished reading it History of Violence by douard Louis isn t an easy book to stomach Well, any book on rape and its aftermath isn t easy to digest You are left with that sinki It came out of the blue A sudden kick to my stomach, reverberating throughout my body It felt personal It couldn t have beenreal than this The book had been on my radar for a while now, however, I did not imagine that it would trigger so many emotions or that it would leave mebereft than ever, once I finished reading it History of Violence by douard Louis isn t an easy book to stomach Well, any book on rape and its aftermath isn t easy to digest You are left with that sinking, horrid feeling and you want something good to happen, but that most of the time isn t possible, because it is life and it takes its time to heal and repair History of Novel is a meta non fiction novel Yes, it is a genre that I just got to know of once I started reading this book The review isn t about the genre The book is about rape and its aftermath douard Louis was raped in December 2012 on Christmas Eve History of Violence charts the incident in the author s voice, his sister s voice in some chapters and the way life goes on or doesn t sometime The pathos and the indifference in the book are startlingly dichotomous Indifference mainly because in so many ways douard just wants to distance himself from the incident and yet he cannot stop talking about it to anyone who will listen That is another way to disassociate, by the way Pathos because literally no one can understand or maybe no one will The ideas in this book are many Of being gay, of racism that is deep seated in Paris because the novel is set there and in the author s home village , of anxiety and fears, of the post trauma and what it truly means to come back home History of Violence is very disturbing in most places and rightly so You can sense douard blaming himself, of hating what happened, of trying to make sense of it all and in all of it wondering if life will ever be the same At the same time, places and interactions seemintense be it the nurse at the hospital or the homeless man the author meets in the waiting room, or a basic taxi ride, or even a walk that triggers memories This book has been written in narratives that shift past and present merge, so it might seem like a difficult read but it isn t If anything, it will make youempathetic to people around you, if a book is capable of doing that What it means to be humane When the author doesn t feel anger any toward the perpetrator Reda, but pities him, also even feels sorry for him if anything Everything isn t about just the good or bad There is the in between and History of Violence quite stunningly manages to convey that I remember during the novel when the narrator can t bear people being happy, after the incident And another time, all he sees is Reda in almost every face he comes across on the street Such scenes remain and almost haunt the reader At least, that s what happened to me The translation shines Not once did I feel that I was reading a translation Lorin Stein has encapsulated it all brilliantly from French to English No emotions are lost Nothing seems out of place Stein understands every emotion, every scar, every memory and is able to seamlessly bring us this read in a language we understand History of Violence is a book that is not for the weak hearted I don t say this to make you shy away from reading it In fact, if anything I want you to read it I want you to understand perspectives More so because douard has done a stellar job of putting his heart, body and soul on paper and nothing can beat that


  5. says:

    A harrowing depiction of rape and violence in general of how it influences an individual in the short and long run Louis does not use cheap tricks but has a great eye for detail But it all gets muddled up in childhood stories, political themes and other marginally connected elements And the protagonist was just so hard to like.


  6. says:

    Not a nice topic to read about but important all the same The writing style was clever and impactful Most of this book is told as the douard listens in on his sister, telling her husband, the story of douard s rape Throughout her retelling he corrects her in his head and he tells the reader how it all really happened As I said Very clever It s seems strange to say I enjoyed a book about rape but I don t really know how else to explain it If you are concerned about reading something Not a nice topic to read about but important all the same The writing style was clever and impactful Most of this book is told as the douard listens in on his sister, telling her husband, the story of douard s rape Throughout her retelling he corrects her in his head and he tells the reader how it all really happened As I said Very clever It s seems strange to say I enjoyed a book about rape but I don t really know how else to explain it If you are concerned about reading something with violent descriptions then just be aware that the actual rape account was only a page or two The book on the whole isabout trauma, friendship, the lies we tell ourselves and how to cope Powerful words and an excellent translation I think I m going to readfrom this author


  7. says:

    3.5, rounded down.


  8. says:

    On its release in 2016, Edmund White read the original text and subsequently reviewed its English version in 2018 June, hardback His review for The Guardianwas wholly complimentary Interesting in that Louis clearly knows the work of White and shares White s interest in autobiography I didn t have the same positive response, having read the book on the strength of White s recommendation.In a fascinating dialogue between Taia and Louis inThe Paris Review , both outsiders, both authors who On its release in 2016, Edmund White read the original text and subsequently reviewed its English version in 2018 June, hardback His review for The Guardianwas wholly complimentary Interesting in that Louis clearly knows the work of White and shares White s interest in autobiography I didn t have the same positive response, having read the book on the strength of White s recommendation.In a fascinating dialogue between Taia and Louis inThe Paris Review , both outsiders, both authors who have invented new names and identities, Taia and Louis set themselves within a tradition of violence and resistance Baldwin and Genet What is interesting is firstly that the Baldwin they share is not Baldwin the novelist, the Baldwin who wrote the blistering political novelJust Above My Head , but the one who wrote essays And secondly, when Genet is touched upon he is confused with Fanon, so a novelist is swapped for a psychological and cultural theorist It is this tone that deadensHistory of Violencefor me I see the theory pulling the strings I was not surprised when at a crucial stage the novel stopped abruptly for an Interlude in which Louis discussed what Faulkner had to say on p.43 of Sanctuary as regards escaping a dangerous situation There are too many tricks.To begin with, I thought the memoir novel a hybrid form liked by Taia and Louis was going to present multiple perspectives on the core, male rape As in the fiction of Robbe Grillet, the reader was going to receive constant revisions Not so The reader is given an elaborate framing device which is pushed to the point of incredulity One has to imagine that Louis has told most of the story to his sister Clara, who remembers everything like her name with clarity Clara re tells this account to her silent husband as Louis listens from behind a door and interjects his view on her view of his view of the rape The memoir novel becomes a fiction commenting on its own fictiveness Of course, this is central to Louis concern with fiction whose story is it and who has the right to tell a story And what kind of story When Louis relates the rape to the police, they are not impressed, they can t believe the flat ending Quite knowingly, the matter ends with uncomfortable parallels the rapist s bathetic orgasm stands against a story without a satisfactory climax The novel memoir is a quest for form, the correct form for a writer whose intellectualism sets him above his class memoir and whose hatred of the bourgeoisie makes him anti intellectual novel Intriguing, but contrived


  9. says:

    I find History of Violence to be an important book Important as it talks about important topics and because in my opinion it gives a clear illustration of how the world looks like at this moment in regard to so many themes rape as such, victim complex, immigrants, homosexuality, poverty As expected it was neither pleasant nor easy to read but it was a great read nonetheless I found many parts simply amazing, so honest and true, so right Especially when Louis writes about his emotions and be I find History of Violence to be an important book Important as it talks about important topics and because in my opinion it gives a clear illustration of how the world looks like at this moment in regard to so many themes rape as such, victim complex, immigrants, homosexuality, poverty As expected it was neither pleasant nor easy to read but it was a great read nonetheless I found many parts simply amazing, so honest and true, so right Especially when Louis writes about his emotions and being a victim of rape and assault I would love to have people who are shouting about victim culture and how victims are favoured these days read it Also, I would love all people to listen to Louis talking, because he is such a bright, talented and brilliant man I had the pleasure to attend a meeting with him and believe me, it was worth every minute spent there I regret there aren t enough of his reflections in the book, the links he creates between events, also regarding literature I may understand the idea of using the outsider narration in the form of his sister retelling the story to her husband in History of Violence but it was the weakest part of the book in my opinion On the meeting there wastime devoted to the notion of identity and I believe it would match the book ideally There were also vital things mentioned like hatred towards his rapist but with no link to active seeking the punishment for him This is something that disappears somewhere in novel memoir and it s a pity as I find it another topic worth discussing.I will definitely read everything else that Louis wrote and I hope I will be able to listen to him , I believe he is a person to do great things in literature Also, nobody made me want to read Toni Morrison immediately just now


  10. says:

    Edouard Louis follows up his debut The End of Eddy with another auto fiction novel In this he recounts his experience of being a victim of a brutal sexual assault and attempted murder He describes the subsequent and immediate after effects of an assault and the way a victim communicates his experience with those around them Particularly moving was his account of his speaking mania, wherein he could not stop repeating the story of his trauma, and the manner in which his assault made him is Edouard Louis follows up his debut The End of Eddy with another auto fiction novel In this he recounts his experience of being a victim of a brutal sexual assault and attempted murder He describes the subsequent and immediate after effects of an assault and the way a victim communicates his experience with those around them Particularly moving was his account of his speaking mania, wherein he could not stop repeating the story of his trauma, and the manner in which his assault made him isolated in his inability to understand the pain and joy or others and he became imprisoned by the viciousness of his narrative The amount of details make it difficult to read, but Louis s effortless genius at philosophizing and introspection make it an incredible piece of literature.