Denis Michelis

Le bon fils

The Good Son

August 25, 2016
Novel
224 pages
128 × 200 mm
16 €
9782882504258
978-2-8825-0425-8
																Denis Michelis, Le bon fils
																Denis Michelis, Le bon fils

With his disturbing tone, Denis Michelis chisels in this tragicomedy a funny and sharp criticism of our conception of family, social and love success.

A father and son are looking for a place with each other in a new life in the country. But how can they hope for their future if the son refuses to do well in high school and the father neglects his role as a parent? The unexpected arrival of a long-time “friend” named Hans, an equivocal character with strange methods, shakes up their lives and gives it an unsuspected meaning.

The novel intertwines obsessions and metaphors on the myth of Œdipus and makes us measure to what extent the passage to adulthood transfigures reality.

Winner of the Literary Prize for high school students, apprentices and vocational training trainees in Ile-de-France, department of Paris (75), 2017-2018 edition
The author

Born in 1980 in Siegen, Germany, Denis Michelis arrived in France at the age of six. After studying literature, English and journalism, he became an editor for cultural programmes on ARTE and then France 5. His speciality: interviews with... writers! In 2013, he decided to stop television to write and translate. His first novel La chance que tu as appeared with Stock in 2014. Le bon fils in 2016 in the Notabilia collection. He will be a finalist for the Prix Médicis and will be awarded the Prix des Lycéens en Île-de-France 2018. In terms of translations, Les Pleureuses by Katie Kitamura (Stock) was published in 2017 and Peur by Dirk Kurbjuweit (Delcourt) in 2018. During these years of conversion from journalism to writing, Denis Michelis also completed two training courses as screenwriter. His latest book, État d’ivresse, was published on January 3, 2019, again by Notabilia. His next novel, Encore une journée divine is expected for the 2021 literary season.

August 25, 2016
Novel
224 pages
128 × 200 mm
16 €
9782882504258
978-2-8825-0425-8