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LES ENFANTS DU VIDE

Raphaël Glucksmann

  • Original Title: LES ENFANTS DU VIDE
  • Publication date: October 2018
  • Publisher: EDITIONS ALLARY
  • Country: FR
  • 224 print pages
  • Factual/Investigation

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  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21th century
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Facing failure, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Power, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations, Commitment, Life choice, Inequality, Ecology, Modernization, Corruption

Pitch

"We are free, but is it making us happy?" Raphaël Glucksmann questions the lack of a collective outlook in the generations that have grown up in individualistic societies.

Comments

Translation rights sold: Greece, Germany. There is lots of interest from elsewhere.

LES ENFANTS DU VIDE is currently at #2 in the French bestseller list (October 2018)
The initial print run was 25,000 copies but the publisher immediately had to reprint another 20,000 copies.

Raphaël Glucksmann is a French writer and essayist. He is the director of documentaries about the Orange Revolution (Orange 2004: a European revolution) and the Rwandan genocide (Kill them all!). His books GÉNÉRATION GUEULE DE BOIS (Generation Hangover), and NOTRE FRANCE (Our France) met with success with both critics and readers. He has been a columnist for the weekly news magazine L'Obs since 2016 and the director of Le nouveau magazine littéraire since December 2017.

Summary

“We are free, but is it making us happy? The underlying anxiety we all feel stems from the lack of a collective outlook, from the breakdown of the narratives and structures that only yesterday still ascribed the individual a place within the group. Our parents deconstructed these narratives, these ‘alienating myths’, and they were right to do so. But we cannot be content with the vacuum that has taken their place.
If our elders were born into a society that was saturated with meaning, we were born into the void. Their mission was to break the chains. Our own will be to reforge the connections. Democracy is based on the rights of the individual, but not exclusively. Our generation has the task of dealing with the rest, too long neglected: the rights of the group. Because if we do not, the most authoritarian forces will do it for us.” — Raphaël Glucksmann

In line with GÉNÉRATION GUEULE DE BOIS (Generation Hangover), Raphaël Glucksmann questions the lack of a collective outlook in the generations that have grown up in individualistic societies.

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  • Author’s biography

    Raphaël Glucksmann (born 1979) is a French writer and essayist. He is the director of documentaries about the Orange Revolution (Orange 2004: a European revolution) and the Rwandan genocide (Kill them all!). His books GÉNÉRATION GUEULE DE BOIS (Generation Hangover), and NOTRE FRANCE (Our France) met with success with both critics and readers. He has been a columnist for the weekly news magazine L'Obs since 2016 and the director of Le nouveau magazine littéraire since December 2017.