Disturbance: Surviving Charlie Hebdo

Disturbance: Surviving Charlie Hebdo

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WINNER PRIX FEMINA AND PRIX DU ROMAN NEWS

A 2019 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR (Evening StandardNew StatesmanLit Hub)

Paris, January 7, 2015. Two terrorists who claim allegiance to ISIS attack the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. The event causes untold pain to the victims and their families, prompts a global solidarity movement, and ignites a fierce debate over press freedoms and the role of satire today.

Philippe Lan on, a journalist, author, and a weekly contributor to Charlie Hebdo is gravely wounded in the attack. This intense life experience upends his relationship to the world, to writing, to reading, to love and to friendship. As he attempts to reconstruct his life on the page, Lan on rereads Proust, Thomas Mann, Kafka, and others in search of guidance. It is a year before he can return to writing, a year in which he learns to work through his experiences and their aftermath.

Disturbance is not an essay on terrorism nor is it a witness's account of Charlie Hebdo. The attack and what followed are part of Lan on's narrative, which, instead, touches upon the universal. It is an honest, intimate account of a man seeking to put his life back together after it has been torn apart.

Disturbance is a book about survival, resilience, and reconstruction, about transformation, about one man's shifting relationship to time, to writing and journalism, to truth, and to his own body.

Author: Philippe Lançon
Publisher: Europa Editions
Published: 11/12/2019
Pages: 448
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.45lbs
Size: 8.20h x 5.60w x 1.90d
ISBN: 9781609455569

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 09/01/2019 pg. 83
Publishers Weekly 08/26/2019
Library Journal 11/01/2019 pg. 91
Foreword 10/26/2019

About the Author

Philippe Lançon is a French journalist and writer born in 1963. His memoir, Disturbance, won the 2018 Prix Femina, Prix du Roman News, and Prix Renaudot Jury's Special Prize, and was also named Best Book of the Year by the magazines Lire and Les Inrockuptibles. He is the author of the novels L'Élan (2013) and Les îles (2011).

Steven Rendall has translated more than fifty books from French and German, two of which have won major translation prizes. He is professor emeritus of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon and editor emeritus of Comparative Literature. He currently lives in France.