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Mend the living

Mend the living

Kerangal, Maylis de, author; Moore, Jessica, 1978- translator

A twenty-four-hour whirlwind of death and life. This is the heart of Simon Limbeau. This is the black box of his twenty-year-old body, circulating five litres of blood each minute, compressing itself a hundred thousand times each day. No bigger than a fist, yet it is capable of pumping blood through sixty thousand miles of blood vessels. This heart has leaped, swelled, melted, sunk, and now, on this glacial winter night, it rests and recharges, readying itself for the day ahead. 5.50 a.m. This is his heart. And here is its story

Paperback, Book. English. General. Fiction in Translation. Fiction in translation.
Published London: MacLehose Press, 2016
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Details

Statement of responsibility: Maylis de Kerangal ; translated by Jessica Moore
ISBN: 085705385X, 9780857053855
Note: Translated from the French.
Physical Description: 240 pages ; 20 cm
Uniform Title: Réparer les vivants. English

Author note

Maylis de Kerangal spent her childhood in Le Havre, France. Her novel, Birth of a Bridge, was the winner of the Prix Franz Hessel and Prix Médicis in 2010. Her novella Tangente vers l'est was the winner of the 2012 Prix Landerneau. In 2014, her fifth novel, Mend the Living, was published to wide acclaim, winning the Grand Prix RTL-Lire award and the student choice novel of the year from France Culture and Télèrama. On publication in the UK, it was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2016 and won the Wellcome Book Prize 2017.

Reviews

A metaphorical and lyrical exploration of the journey of one heart and two bodies . . . Compelling, original and ambitious, this novel illuminates what it is to be human.
Val McDermid||This breathless novel has all the beauty of a Greek tragedy. It is also a hymn to creation and a meditation on the relationship between the body and consciousness, life and death.
Figaro||Far from being the simple tale of a heart transplant, this novel is a true epic, a great modern saga that investigates our relationship with death as much as our relationship with language.
Lire||A true novel, a great novel, an extraordinary novel.
Journal du Dimanche||Maylis de Kerangal navigates perfectly between the epic and the intimate; let's just say that her writing will shake you to your very core.
Elle||Heartbreaking; I've seldom read a more moving book... De Kerangal is a master of momentum, to the extent that when the book ends, the reader feels bereft. She shows that narratives around illness and pain can energize the nobler angels of our nature and make for profoundly lovely art. One longs for more
Guardian||A thrilling opening sequence, well-suited to her urgent, breathless, visceral prose ... this extraordinary novel etches itself in the mind ... There is a flamboyant artistry at work, yet Maylis de Kerangal is confronting a reality that is all too real
Irish Times||The story unfolds in an intricate lacework of precise detail. These characters feel less like fictional creations and more like ordinary people, briefly illuminated in rich language ... an exploration not only of death but of life, of humanity and fragility
New York Review of Books||Among the most fascinating writers of her generation. With Mend the Living, Maylis de Kerangal attains even greater heights
Le Monde||A novel that goes to the heart of what it means to be a human being
Independent||From its glorious 300-word first sentence to the stately canopic imagery of its climactic scenes, Mend the Living, beautifully translated from the French by Jessica Moore, mimics the rhythm of the processes it depicts - the troughs and peaks of grief and protocol, of skills utilised and acceptance finally achieved.
Guardian