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The Child Who

The Child Who

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A village boy wanders through a forest with a phantomatic dog. His mother is gone; his father speechless with anger; his grandmother concealing her own story. Reviews and endorsements ‘Rather than a plot, the book is driven by reflections on the love between parent and child and between husband and wife. And then there’s a first-person narrator who talks to the child directly: “I’d like to say to you that the world is immense and lovely, that there’s a path for you too.” It adds a sweet overtone to the sadness of this curious and pleasing story.’ — John Self, Guardian Best Recent Translated Fiction ‘A poetic exploration of the presence of absence in a family's life, tracking grief in all its melancholy intangibility. Jeanne Benameur writes with uncommon beauty, perceptiveness and subtlety.’ — Rónan Hession, author of Leonard and Hungry Paul ‘Mystical. A slow hand walking you into a forest. I come to it to think about loss, absence and longing, what can never be ours.’ — Tice Cin, author of Keeping the House 'Aching, tender and luminous, The Child Who explores the splitting of the self that can occur in response to grief. Finding beauty even in the most painful dynamics, this is a humane and moving story touched by a transcendent lyricism. You will be haunted by it.' — Jessica Traynor, author of The Quick ‘Jeanne Benameur’s work is carved out of silences. Her characters use few words, while she chooses her own with a parsimony that increases their impact tenfold. Suffused in mystery, this novel—about what makes a family, how a personality emerges, how one learns to inhabit the world—is fashioned from a poetry as startling as its title.’ — Le Monde ‘It’s a brief story, but a prodigiously compact one—the hallmark of all Jeanne Benameur’s books. It’s impossible to say enough good things about her, for the loveliest assessments will never adequately convey her talent.’ — Le Figaro ‘Jeanne Benameur’s L’enfant qui and the excellent translation by Bill Johnston have the power to change lives. Existential beyond any philosophical system, the book carefully, lyrically explores the phenomenon of being as it occurs in each of three unnamed family members in an unnamed French village at an unnamed time’ — Lynn Hoggard ‘A marvel.’ —Claire Conruyt, Le Figaro Littéraire