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The Son of Man - Jean-Baptiste Del Amo

The Son of Man

By: Jean-Baptiste Del Amo

Paperback | 4 June 2024

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From the author of the 'extraordinary' Animalia (Sunday Times), winner of the Republic of Consciousness Prize, a blazing new novel exploring nature, family, and violence, set on a hostile and glorious mountainside haunted by the past.

In the soft morning light, a man, a woman, and a child drive to Les Roches, a dilapidated house, where the man grew up with his own ruthless father. After several years of absence, the man has reappeared in the life of his wife and their young son, intent on being a family again. While the mother watches the passing days with apprehension, the son discovers the enchantment of nature.

As the father's hold over them intensifies, the return to their previous life and home seems increasingly impossible. Haunted by his past and consumed with jealousy, the father slips into a kind of madness that only the son will be able to challenge.

Written in flawless, cinematic prose, and brilliantly translated by Frank Wynne, The Son of Man is an exceptional novel of nature and wildness, and a blistering examination of how families fold together and break apart under duress.

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