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Animalia by Frank Wynne, Jean-Baptiste Del Amo


Frank Wynne, Jean-Baptiste Del Amo

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Imprint: Fitzcarraldo Editions
Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions
Publication date: 20 Mar 2019
ISBN: 9781910695579

ANIMALIA retraces the history of a modest peasant family through the twentieth century as they develop their small plot of land into an intensive pig farm.

  • The Sunday TimesMust Read
4 stars out of 5
10 Mar 2019

"A savage tale of French rural life that’s a deserved literary prizewinner"

This is an extraordinary book. A dark saga related in sprawling sentences, made denser still by obscure and difficult vocabulary, it is everything I usually hate in a novel. Instead, I was spellbound... A kind of savage reimagining of Thomas Hardy and DH Lawrence. By the latter part, something has obviously gone monstrously awry and it is not merely wrong but evil. This section is perhaps too obvious and heavy-handed in its condemnation of industrial agriculture, but the first half of this novel is a considerable achievement and worth reading for that alone.