[Marxism] To Exist in the Eyes of Others: An Interview with the Novelist Édouard Louis on the Gilets Jaunes Movement | The New Yorker

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Dec 17 06:19:10 MST 2018

In 2014, the French writer Édouard Louis published “The End of Eddy,” a 
roman à clef based on his childhood in Hallencourt, a small town in the 
north of France. The world that it describes is brutal, marked by 
violence, prejudice, and pain. Like much of the surrounding region, 
Louis’s town suffers from post-industrial malaise; the vast majority of 
its residents vote for the far-right Front National. The novel’s 
protagonist, called Eddy Bellegueule (Louis’s given name, which he later 
officially changed), is gay, and made to suffer habitual shame and 
abuse. When, as a teen-ager, he finally manages to escape for the nearby 
city of Amiens, it is as if a canary has somehow flown out of the coal mine.


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