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Autopsy of a Father
     

Autopsy of a Father

by Pascale Kramer, Robert Bononno (Translator)
 

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“[Kramer’s body of work is] precise and sumptuous . . . a song of emotion, but with a great lucidity about the humanity of simple people.” — Swiss Federal Office of Culture, Swiss Grand Prize for Literature citation

“You need to read Pascale Kramer’s books because they take you on a journey. You board a small ship that

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“[Kramer’s body of work is] precise and sumptuous . . . a song of emotion, but with a great lucidity about the humanity of simple people.” — Swiss Federal Office of Culture, Swiss Grand Prize for Literature citation

“You need to read Pascale Kramer’s books because they take you on a journey. You board a small ship that enters the human body, and what you felt while reading follows you for days after you’ve closed the book.” — Elle (France)

“Restrained, chiseled, implacable, the novels of Pascale Kramer perfectly master the art of creating a diffuse discomfort. Poignant.” — Marie Claire (Switzerland)

When a young woman returns to her childhood home after her estranged father’s death, she begins to piece together the final years of his life. What changed him from a prominent left-wing journalist to a bitter racist who defended the murder of a defenseless African immigrant? Kramer exposes a country gripped by intolerance and violence to unearth the source of a family’s fall from grace.

Set in Paris and its suburbs, and inspired by the real-life scandal of a French author and intellectual, Autopsy of a Father blends sharp observations about familial dynamics with resonant political and philosophical questions, taking a scalpel to the racism and anti-immigrant sentiment spreading just beneath the skin of modern society.

Pascale Kramer , recipient of the 2017 Swiss Grand Prize for Literature, is the author of fourteen books, including three novels published in English: The Living , The Child , and Autopsy of a Father , which was named a finalist for the La Closerie des Lilas, Ouest-France, and Orange du Livre prizes. Born in Geneva, she has worked in Los Angeles, and now lives in Paris, where she directs a documentary film festival about children’s rights.

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Advance Praise for Autopsy of a Father

Finalist for the La Closerie des Lilas, Ouest-France, and Orange du Livre Prizes

“Restrained, chiseled, implacable, the novels of Pascale Kramer perfectly master the art of creating a diffuse discomfort. Poignant.” — Marie Claire (Switzerland)

“This novel masterfully establishes the cross-transmission of misunderstandings within families and those that take root at the heart of society. Ignored, they lead to unimaginable violence, all the way to the cemetery, where not even the dead can rest.” — Le Point

“[Kramer’s] fiction penetrates the terrain of the intimate, places itself in the blind spot of analysis and statistics, and makes silent explosions palpable.” — L’Echo

“[Kramer’s] talent is to lead us into human interiority from concrete situations, through details that are all the more effective because they’re delivered without judgment. . . . In this autopsy of a recognizable world, there is pleasure to be taken in the text, in spite of the seriousness of the subject.” — Le Devoir

“Pascale Kramer depicts a society where misunderstanding and insecurity feed fear, which leads to aggressive mistrust, rejection, and hatred, the fatal poison of which little by little contaminates everyone.” — Avant-Critiques

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781942658245
Publisher:
Bellevue Literary Press
Publication date:
07/11/2017
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)

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Meet the Author

Pascale Kramer , recipient of the 2017 Swiss Grand Prize for Literature, is the author of fourteen books, including three novels published in English: The Living , The Child , and Autopsy of a Father , which was named a finalist for the La Closerie des Lilas, Ouest-France, and Orange du Livre prizes. Born in Geneva, she has worked in Los Angeles, and now lives in Paris, where she directs a documentary film festival about children’s rights.

Robert Bononno has translated more than two dozen full-length works of fiction and nonfiction from the French and has taught translation at New York University and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is a French-American Foundation Translation Prize finalist and the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. He lives in New York.