Édouard Louis: ‘I want to be a writer of violence. The more you talk about it, the more you can undo it’

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His debut about his violent childhood was an international sensation.

Now the French author has written a novel about being brutally assaulted

  • Angelique Chrisafis
  • The Guardian

In the lonely, shell-shocked days after Édouard Louis was raped and almost killed in his Paris flat in 2012 – as he sat through tense interviews with police officers or scrubbed his home to get rid of his attacker’s smell – he felt the urgent need to write about it.

Xre 4d“I had told the police my story,” says the now 25-year-old author of three novels who has been hailed as one of the most important literary voices of his generation.

“But when I…

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