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Author Del Amo, Jean-Baptiste, author.

Title Animalia / Jean-Baptiste Del Amo ; translated from the French by Frank Wynne.

Publication Info. New York : Grove Press, 2019.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Flagg-Rochelle PL Adult Fiction - FRPY-12  FIC DEL    AVAILABLE
 Rock Island Main Lib Adult Fiction - RIPG-6  FIC DEL    AVAILABLE
Edition First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
Description 371 pages ; 23 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note "Originally published in French in 2016 as Règne animal by Éditions Gallimard"--Title page verso.
Summary "The small village of Puy-Larroque, southwest France, 1898. Éléonore is a child living with her father, a pig farmer whose terminal illness leaves him unable to work, and her God-fearing mother, who runs both farm and family with an iron hand. Éléonore passes her childhood with little heat and no running water, sharing a small room with her cousin Marcel, who does most of the physical labor on the farm. When World War I breaks out and the village empties, Éléonore gets a taste of the changes that will transform her world as the twentieth century rolls on. As the reader moves into the second part of the novel, which takes place in the 1980s, the untamed world of Puy-Larroque seems gone forever. Now, Éléonore has herself aged into the role of matriarch, and the family is running a large industrial pig farm, where thousands of pigs churn daily through cycles of birth, growth, and death. Moments of sublime beauty and powerful emotion mix with the thoughtless brutality waged against animals, making the old horrors of death and disease seem like simpler times. Recalling the naturalism of classic French writers like Émile Zola, brilliantly translated by Frank Wynne, Animalia traverses the twentieth century as it examines man's quest to conquer nature, critiques the legacy of modernity and the transmission of violence from one generation to the next, and questions whether we can hold out hope for redemption in this brutal world"-- Provided by publisher.
Language Translated from the French.
Subject Swine -- France -- Fiction.
Families -- France -- Fiction.
Human-animal relationships -- Fiction.
Farms -- France -- Fiction.
France -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Historical fiction.
Added Author Wynne, Frank, translator.
Added Title Règne animal. English
ISBN 9780802147578 (hardcover)
0802147577 (hardcover)

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