#Prix Fémina 2018 Phillipe Lançon
- Author: Phillipe Lançon
- Title: Le Lambeau
- Published: 2018
- Trivia: Awarded Prix Fémina 2018
- Trivia: Awarded a ‘special’ Prix Renaudot 2018
- Language: French (translation in English 12 November 2019)
- List Reading Challenges 2019
- Monthly reading planning
- List of French Books.
- January 7 2015 during a editorial meeting at Charlie Hebdo
- terrorists entered the room and killed 12 people and injuring 11.
- Phillipe Lançon, journalist, was shot in the face left in critical condition.
- Lançon reveals that he did not write the book in order to surivive.
- He wrote it years later when he felt his life was settled.
- The surgeon adviced him to ‘revenir à la normale’
- ….but that is easier said than done.
- The title says it all: Le Lambeau
- “All that is left of me is shreds”
- 30% of the book is a description of the days before the attack
- …the attack itself and how his brother took charge and
- helped him pick up the pieces.
- 30 % is about the long and painful
- reconstruction of his face.
- 40% is about Lançon’s physical and mental decline
- …balanced between healing and hope.
- The first 8 chapters are gripping.
It is surreal to read the dream like quality of if
- Lançon’s first impressions after the attack as he
- …lay in a swamp of blood.
The text is so emotional.
- The second half of the book concentrates on
- the reconstruction of the author’s jaw
- …and the close connection he feels for his surgeon Cholé.
- An important part of the book is Lançon’s style of
- interlacing his life after the attack with literature.
- He often refers to Proust, Kafka and Shakespeare
- …and several books that are important for him.
- This book reminded me of
- …Dante’s journey into the inferno:
- “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”
- I wouldn’t say a hospital is comparable to Hell
- …but no one likes going there.
- The book is draining because you follow
- the author in a labryinth of his PTSS mind.
- There is a mixture of facts, hallucinations and dreams.
- He sees his parents suffer
- …but he does not suffer.
- He is the suffering.
- …very existential at times.
- Because Lançon shares so much with the reader
- ..the book is long.
- You have to persevere to finish it.
- The epilogue….was confronting.
- The Bataclan attack occured only 10 months
- …after Charlie Hebdo on 13 November 2015
- This event shook Lançon to the core.
Phillipe Lançon.…after the trauma of the attack and jaw recontruction.