Cécile Coulon

Une bête au Paradis

A Beast in Paradise

August 21, 2019
Novel
356 pages
136 × 185 mm
18 €
9782378800789
978-2-3788-0078-9
Cécile Coulon, Une bête au Paradis
Cécile Coulon, Une bête au Paradis

Emilienne’s life is Paradise. This isolated farmhouse at the end of a dirt road. It is there that she raises her children alone, with her courage and her land, her two grandchildren, Blanche and Gabriel, as her only resources. The seasons come and go, the little ones grow up. Until adolescence arrives, and with it, Blanche’s first love, the one that ravages everything in its path. His name is Alexander. Their relationship is forged. But as adults, Blanche’s passion for farm work, the land, nature, compels her, compels her, dominates her. When Alexandre, devoured by ambition, wants to leave, attracted by the city, their two worlds collide.

Prix littéraire Le Monde 2019
The author

Since her first book, written at seventeen years old, Cécile Coulon never ceases to surprise and amaze us. In just a few years, she has produced six novels, including Trois saisons d’orage, winner of the Prix des libraires, and a collection of poems (Prix Apollinaire 2017).
Her last novel, Une bête au paradis (L’Iconoclaste, August 2019), awarded the Prix littéraire Le Monde in 2019.

Strong points

Deeply cinematographic scenes inspired by atmospheres at the crossroads of The Night of the Hunter and Claude Chabrol.

Very strong characters, full of contrasts and all of them, from the three main characters to the highly worked secondary characters = very beautiful roles in perspective.

A great story of love and bruised passion.

Bibliography

Noir volcan (2020)

Les ronces (2020)

August 21, 2019
Novel
356 pages
136 × 185 mm
18 €
9782378800789
978-2-3788-0078-9