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The Book Toute la France is Talking About, Now Available in English“Literature doesn’t stop bullets. On the other hand, it can stop a finger from ending up on a trigger. Perhaps. It’s a bet worth making.”Erwan Larher was enjoying a rock concert in Paris’ Bataclan Theater on November 13, 2015, when the firing started. In this genre-bending, deeply moving and unexpected memoir, Larher reflects on what the gruesome terror attack meant to him and to others.The Book I Didn’t Want to Write transcends bearing witness. Larher’s voice is intertwined with others—his partner, his father, the two friends who were going to come but didn’t—to create a deeply moving collective chronicle of the most violent night in French history since World War II. He recounts not only how such an act affected him and his loved ones, but the thousands who lived through that night, the millions who followed the event through media, and even the attackers themselves.‘You were in the wrong place at the wrong time; you’re a miracle, not a victim,’ he writes. Larher is anything but self-pitying. The book is all the more remarkable in its stoic, bold approach: perhaps to be expected from one of France’s most beloved rock-n-roll novelist with a suitably gritty look at the world and at words. There is no tearful history, unhealthy voyeurism or grudge-settling. Instead, Larher explains how he must, ‘write around because you are a novelist and not a chronicler, because you can only shape a text by appeasing literature.’ The Book I Didn’t Want to Write is remarkable in both its construction and content. It achieves what few titles can—and exactly what Larher set out to do—to remind us of life’s emotional and artistic depths despite tragedy. It is a masterful slap in the face and a hymn to life.
Number of Pages: 196
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, Political Science
Publisher: Ingram Pub Services
Author: Erwin Larher
Street Date: November 13, 2018
Item Number (DPCI): 248-34-4685
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