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A metaphorical and lyrical exploration of the journey of one heart and two bodies . . . Compelling, original and ambitious, this novel illuminates what it is to be human., Val McDermid Published On: 2017-04-24

This breathless novel has all the beauty of a Greek tragedy. It is also a hymn to creation and a meditation on the relationship between the body and consciousness, life and death. -- Astrid de Larminat, Figaro

Far from being the simple tale of a heart transplant, this novel is a true epic, a great modern saga that investigates our relationship with death as much as our relationship with language. -- François Busnel, Lire

A true novel, a great novel, an extraordinary novel. -- Bernard Pivot, Journal du Dimanche

Maylis de Kerangal navigates perfectly between the epic and the intimate; let's just say that her writing will shake you to your very core. -- Olivia de Lamberterie, Elle

Heartbreaking; I've seldom read a more moving book... De Kerangal is a master of momentum, to the extent that when the book ends, the reader feels bereft. She shows that narratives around illness and pain can energize the nobler angels of our nature and make for profoundly lovely art. One longs for more -- Lydia Kiesling, Guardian

A thrilling opening sequence, well-suited to her urgent, breathless, visceral prose ... this extraordinary novel etches itself in the mind ... There is a flamboyant artistry at work, yet Maylis de Kerangal is confronting a reality that is all too real -- Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

The story unfolds in an intricate lacework of precise detail. These characters feel less like fictional creations and more like ordinary people, briefly illuminated in rich language ... an exploration not only of death but of life, of humanity and fragility -- Priya Parmar, New York Review of Books

Among the most fascinating writers of her generation. With Mend the Living, Maylis de Kerangal attains even greater heights -- Raphaelle Leyris, Le Monde

A novel that goes to the heart of what it means to be a human being -- Amanda Hopkinson, Independent --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Maylis de Kerangal spent her childhood in Le Havre, France. Her novel, Birth of a Bridge, was the winner of the Prix Franz Hessel and Prix Médicis in 2010. Her novella Tangente vers l'est was the winner of the 2012 Prix Landerneau. In 2014, her fifth novel, Réparer les vivants, was published to wide acclaim, winning the Grand Prix RTL-Lire award and the student choice novel of the year from France Culture and Télèrama.

Jessica Moore is an author and translator. Her book of poems, Everything, now, is partly a conversation with her translation of Turkana Boy by Jean-François Beauchemin, for which she won a PEN America Translation Award. Jessica's translation of Birth of a Bridge by Maylis de Kerangal has received widespread praise. She lives in Montreal. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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