A brilliant novel... courageous, necessary and deeply touching' Guardian edouard Louis grew up in a village in northern France where many live below the poverty line. His bestselling debut novel about life there, The End of Eddy, has sparked debate on social inequality, sexuality and violence.
It is an extraordinary portrait of escaping from an unbearable childhood, inspired by the author's own. Written with an openness and compassionate intelligence, ultimately, it asks, how can we create our own freedom?
'A mesmerising story about difference and adolescence' New York Times 'edouard Louis...is that relatively rare thing - a novelist with something to say and a willingness to say it, without holding back' The Times 'Louis' book has become the subject of political discussion in a way that novels rarely do' Garth Greenwell, New Yorker
The radical, urgent new novel from the author of The End of Eddy - a personal and powerful story of violence I met Reda on Christmas Eve 2012, at around four in the morning. He approached me in the street, and finally I invited him up to my apartment. He told me the story of his childhood and how his father had come to France, having fled Algeria.
We spent the rest of the night together, talking, laughing. At around 6 o'clock, he pulled out a gun and said he was going to kill me. He insulted me, strangled and raped me. The next day, the medical and legal proceedings began.
History of Violence retraces the story of that night, and looks at immigration, class, racism, desire and the effects of trauma in an attempt to understand a history of violence, its origins, its reasons and its causes.