"There was a question that had come to trouble me a bit earlier, once I had taken the first steps on this return journey to Reims...
Why, when I have had such an intense experience of forms of shame related to class, shame in relation to the milieu in which I grew up, why, when once I had arrived in Paris and started meeting people from such different class backgrounds, I would often find myself lying about my class origins... why had it never occurred to me to take up this problem in a book?"Returning to Reims is a breathtaking account of one man's return to the town where he grew up after an absence of thirty years.
It is a frank, fearlessly personal story of family, memory, identity and time lost.
But it is also a sociologist's view of what itmeans to grow up working class and then leave that class; of inequality and shifting political allegiances in an increasingly divided nation.
A phenomenon in France and a huge bestseller in Germany, Didier Eribon has written the defining memoir of our times. 'I was overwhelmed by this book. I felt I was reading the story of my life.'Edouard Louis, author of The End of Eddy'A book about self-invention and belonging' -Colm Toibin'A deeply intelligent and searching book, one that makes you re-consider the narrative of your own life and reframe the story you tell yourself...
Didier Eribon understands how deep the roots of inequality go' Hilary Mantel
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 07/06/2018
- Category: Autobiography: literary
- ISBN: 9780241344620
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