Mend the Living (Paperback)
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Mend the Living (Paperback)

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Published: 23/06/2016
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Winner of the Wellcome Book Prize 2017

Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2016.

A twenty-four-hour whirlwind of death and life.

In the depths of a winter's night, the heart of Simon Limbeau is resting, readying itself for the day to come. In a few hours' time, just before six, his alarm will go off and he will venture into the freezing dawn, drive down to the beach, and go surfing with his friends. A trip he has made a hundred times and yet, today, the heart of Simon Limbeau will encounter a very different course. But for now, the black-box of his body is free to leap, swell, melt and sink, just as it has throughout the years of Simon's young life. 5.50 a.m.

This is his heart. And here is its story.

Now a major French film, Reparer Les Vivants/Heal the Living, directed by Katell Quillevere and starring Emmanuelle Seigner.

‘What de Kerangal treats in extended passages as a mechanical – or medical – fix takes flight when all those involved are forced to engage with precisely what that means… a novel that goes to the heart of what it means to be a human being.’ – The Independent

“Mend the Living is a metaphorical and lyrical exploration of the journey of one heart and two bodies. Over 24 hours we travel from trauma to hope, discovering both the humane aspect of organ donation and the internal dramas of those affected by it. Compelling, original and ambitious, this novel illuminates what it is to be human.” - Val McDermid commenting on behalf of the Wellcome Book Prize judging panel

 

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9780857053855
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 171 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 22 mm


MEDIA 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. - Astrid de Larminat, 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. - François Busnel, Lire

A true novel, a great novel, an extraordinary novel. - Bernard Pivot, 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. - Olivia de Lamberterie, 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 - Lydia Kiesling, 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 - Eileen Battersby, 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 - Priya Parmar, New York Review of Books

Among the most fascinating writers of her generation. With Mend the Living, Maylis de Kerangal attains even greater heights - Raphaelle Leyris, Le Monde

A novel that goes to the heart of what it means to be a human being - Amanda Hopkinson, 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. - M. John Harrison, Guardian

One of the most original novels I've encountered in recent years . . . she finds an incredible poetry in the vocabulary of medicine and surgery - Jonathan Coe, The Week

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“Gripping, moving and thought provoking. Could not put it down.”

MEND THE LIVING
by
Maylis de Kerangal



i believe this could be the most intensely atmospheric book I have read.
Three teenage boys rise before dawn ‘the night still sealed, shut behind the cliffs’, heading off... More

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Laura McGloughlin

“Unbearably poignant”

Just before six a.m., Simon Limbeau’s alarm goes off and he heads out into the early morning, driving to the coast to go surfing with his friends, as he has done score of times. His heart swells and sinks as he rides... More

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