My Life As Edgar

by

Translated from by

Published: March 14, 2023

$18.00

ISBN: 9781953861481, eISBN 9781953861498
This item will be released on January 10, 2023.

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Book Description

Edgar loves nothing more than listening to the birds in the trees, the squeaking of moles in nearby chalk quarries, the conversations trickling out of the carpeted offices surrounding his favorite park in the suburbs of Paris. He also listens to the hushed conversations of passersby, strangers who whisper that he is “not all there.” But what constitutes the supposedly insufficient nature of Edgar’s interior life? Dominique Fabre gives himself over to Edgar’s way of seeing, his sensitivity, his innocence and wisdom, his longings and perceptions, his tentative interpolations into the social fabric of 1960s France, and in each passage we find a stirring answer. Fabre’s lucid, layered, and utterly fresh bildungsroman will take you by surprise and leave an immutable mark on your heart.

A sensitive portrait of one boy’s travels from earliest consciousness through his salad days in the countryside and onward by a “genius” of “nuanced interior moments.
Los Angeles Times


Praise for A Waitress Was New


The strong, intimate voice of this gentle, canny narrator continues to stay with us long after we reach the end of The Waitress Was New – what an engrossing, captivating tale.
Lydia Davis


Fabre gives Pierre a fabulously realized voice, gravened by loss and softened by routine into something lived - in and real - seeming . . . 'They're your equals,' Pierre says, of the people who pass and pass, and pass through his life. 'They'll leave you a tip on their way out, but whatever they've left hanging in their lives hasn't budged a bit.' The same goes for the narrator of this mesmerizing, true little book.
John Freeman


Fabre's prose (as translated by Jordan Stump) is spare and impressionistic, elegant yet matter - of - fact . . . vivid, haunting, deeply moving, this is fiction that has much to tell us about the profundity of daily life.
David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times


Simply and elegantly captures the dignity of a day's work, the humanity of friendship and the loneliness of aging.
Kirkus Reviews


The reserved, melancholy, and resigned tone that Fabre strikes is maintained beautifully throughout the book, and he has given Pierre just enough wit to lighten things up from time to time. . . . This is a quiet book, but one that promises to stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it.
E. J. Van Lanen


For his U.S. debut, Fabre offers a poignantly funny, slender slice of a French waiter’s life . . . In Fabre’s patient, deliberative layering, the details of Pierre’s quotidian life assume an affecting solidity and significance
Publishers Weekly


Fabre becomes the lyrical, compassionate spectator of all these infinitesimal, silent lives — our lives — as they move between leaving the sub urban underground station and arriving home. It is a tiny fragment of life, simply told and yet touching in the extreme. When Fabre writes, he ‘really believes in the possibility of showing you genuine beauty, genuine dignity and places or people that have been somehow overlooked.’ Mission accomplished.
French Book News


Praise for Guys Like Me


Fabre is a genius of these nuanced, interior moments . . . The story Fabre tells is that of every one of us: looking for meaning in the mundane, moving through our lives, our interactions, as if through the fabric of a dream . . . How do we live? it asks to consider. And: What does our existence mean?
David Ulin, Los Angeles Times


Fabre’s unexpectedly touching novel has a laugh of its own behind its low - key, smoothly translated narrative voice . . . The city it evokes isn’t the Paris of tourists but of local people.
Nancy Kline, New York Times


Guys Like Me is a short, arresting tale that . . . not only offers keen insights into the mind of its middle - aged protagonist, but also provides the reader with a unique tour of what everyday life in the low - key suburbs of Paris must truly be like
Typographical Era


Fabre has an artfully rambling style, employing stream - of - consciousness, inserted conversations, finely observed details, and sundry speculations. These disparate stylistic elements thus form a complex literary mix . . . Like the novelist Patrick Modiano . . . he knows the city, especially the non - touristic quarters, like the back of his hand.
The Arts Fuse


The setting may be Paris, but it’s not the Paris of grand avenues and pricey cafés. In fact, Fabre’s hero is a recognizable everyman, from any country.
Library Journal


Fabre speaks to us of luck and misfortune, of the accidents that make a man or defeat him. He talks about our ordinary disappointments and our small moments of calm. Fabre is the discreet megaphone of the man in the crowd.
Elle


A smile like a soft flash of light . . . travels through this moving novel and tells, in words that are muted and profoundly humane, of life as it is.
Le Monde


In this novel one finds the intimate geography of an author who lays bare the essence of Paris and its outskirts.
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