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Theseus, His New Life: A Novel

Theseus, His New Life: A Novel

Theseus, His New Life: A Novel

Theseus, His New Life: A Novel


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A mesmerizing, poetic autofiction about the quest to find meaning in family tragedies, and a sense of self after loss.

In 2012, Theseus heads east in search of a new life, fleeing the painful memories of his past: the suicide of his older brother, the death of his mother, shortly followed by the death of his father. He takes three boxes of archives, leaving everything in disarray, and boards the last night train with his children. He thinks he’s heading toward the light, toward a reinvention, but the past quickly catches up to him.

With a stunning mix of poetry and prose, Camille de Toledo beautifully captures the conflicting urges to look back at or away from our complex histories, made all the more poignant through the scattered contents of Theseus’s archives—black-and-white photos, fragments of handwritten notes.

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ISBN-13: 9781635422108
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
Publication date: 01/10/2023
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Camille de Toledo was born in 1976 in Lyon, France. He is a writer and visual artist educated in Paris, London, and New York. He is the author of five novels as well as essays and plays. His writings are known for blending genres such as fable and memoir, and history and narrative. Theseus, His New Life is his first novel to be published in English.

Willard Wood grew up in France and has translated more than thirty works of fiction and nonfiction from the French. He has won the Lewis Galantière Award for Literary Translation and received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Translation. He lives in Norfolk, Connecticut.

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