Not Everybody Lives the Same Way (Hardback)
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Not Everybody Lives the Same Way (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages
Published: 03/02/2022
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Waterstones Says

Deeply compassionate yet written with a fluid, effortless grace, Dubois' exquisitely melancholy novel centres on a prisoner who sees his dead friends and family in his dreams and his struggle to show remorse for the crime he has committed.

For reasons that will eventually become clear, Paul Hansen is in prison. He's been in prison for a couple of years now, sharing his cell with a fearsome Hells Angel murderer, who often reminds Paul that he could kill him at any moment.

But life wasn't always like this for Paul Hansen. Before prison, there were his parents: Danish pastor Johannes and free-spirited Anna, the proprietor of a controversial art house cinema. There were his friends in L'Excelsior, the block of luxury flats where Paul worked officially as a caretaker, and unofficially as a restorer of souls and comforter of the afflicted. And above all, there was his partner, Winona, the daring seaplane pilot, and their beloved dog Nouk.

Many of them are dead now: his parents, friends, Winona and Nouk. Paul can still talk to them though; they appear in his dreams, as ghosts in his cell, breaking up the monotony and fear of his life behind bars. But Paul knows he cannot be released until he shows remorse for the crime that led to his imprisonment. And, even with his freedom at stake, for some things, true remorse is too high a price to pay.

Translated from the French by David Homel.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781529409352
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 220 x 138 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A masterpiece . . . Full of humanity, melancholy, irony - Philippe Claudel

Richly engaging . . . Skilfully translated by David Homel - Michael Arditti, Spectator

A touching tale of a beleaguered dreamer . . . Lightness balanced by glints of harsh realism, a combination captured perfectly in David Homel's translation - Christian House, Financial Times

Dubois has humanity rooted in his heart, but is under no illusions about anything . . . This cocktail of humour, intelligence and sentiment, freshly served with a deceptively casual elegance, is once again so successful - Bibliobs

A melancholy, luminous novel - Figaro

An affecting and nostalgic novel of lost happiness - Agence France-Press

Basically perfect - L'Obs

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