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The Wide World Pierre Lemaitre

The Wide World By Pierre Lemaitre

The Wide World by Pierre Lemaitre


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From Beirut in 1948, to Saigon and Paris, this is the story of the Pelletier family, rich with corruption, death, blackmail - and murder. The first volume of THE GLORIOUS YEARS series, translated by Frank Wynne

The Wide World Summary

The Wide World: An epic novel of family fortune, twisted secrets and love - the first volume in THE GLORIOUS YEARS series by Pierre Lemaitre

'The Wide World is one of his best . . . Compellingly plotted, stuffed with great characters, thought-provokingly situated in history - honestly, what else do you want from a novel?' The Times

'Literature with conviction; a furious talent' L'Obs


The first volume of THE GLORIOUS YEARS series, translated by Frank Wynne

Beirut, 1948. The Pelletier family returns...

'Over the years, the annual Pelletier family pilgrimage down the avenue des Francais
had known many variations, but never before had it taken on the air of a funeral cortege...'


The Pelletiers are a hugely prominent French family living in Beirut. Louis Pelletier has spent years building his soap business, dominating the manufacturing market. Now, he wants to pass on the leadership, but choosing which son to takeover from him is proving challenging.

Jean, the eldest, has no such acumen for managing the enterprise and seems a hopeless and weak option. His wife, though, has superior ambitions, and eager to flee the familial bonds for other reasons, Jean agrees to an escape to France.

Etienne Pelletier, younger and a gentle soul, is trained in accounts, and leaves home for Saigon to find love. There, he uncovers a well-established scheme to channel smuggled goods and cash to the Viet Minh. It is dangerous evidence that presents a real threat not only to officials in high places, but to his own life.

Francois, the middle Pelletier brother, persuades his father to let him travel to Paris, where he becomes a journalist. His career flies when he reports on the brutal murder of an actress, and realises a serial killer is on the loose, one who may be closer than anyone realises.

'You have the ingredients Balzac would have cooked with. And it is exactly those great 19th century novels that Lemaitre will remind you of' Sunday Times

'Pierre Lemaitre skilfully captivates and stuns the reader' Le Figaro

The Wide World Reviews

The Wide World is one of his best . . . Compellingly plotted, stuffed with great characters, thought-provokingly situated in history - honestly, what else do you want from a novel? -- David Mills * The Times *
Pierre Lemaitre does not spare his characters or twists. Dumas is not far away, Zola remains in ambush with Hugo, leaning on the shoulder of a Lemaitre who is bickering while winking at his readers * Telerama *
Pierre Lemaitre finds his legendary verve [...] to crunch with relish the follies of the time * Les Echos *
Pierre Lemaitre skilfully captivates and stuns the reader * Le Figaro Litteraire *
Storytelling with never a dull moment * Le Figaro *
You have the ingredients Balzac would have cooked with...and it is exactly those 19th century novels that Lemaitre will remind you of * Sunday Times *

About Pierre Lemaitre

Pierre Lemaitre was born in Paris in 1951. He worked for many years as a teacher of literature before becoming a novelist.

He has won the Crime Writers' Association International Dagger three times, once alongside Fred Vargas, for Alex, and twice as sole winner for Camille and The Great Swindle. In 2013 The Great Swindle (published in French as Au revoir la-haut won the Prix Goncourt, France's leading literary award.

In addition to his Brigade Criminelle novels starring Commandant Camille Verhoeven, Lemaitre writes standalone thrillers including Blood Wedding.

Frank Wynne is an award-winning writer and translator. His previous translations include works by Virginie Despentes, Javier Cercas and Michel Houllebecq. He chaired the jury of the 2022 Booker International. Most recently his translation of The Art of Losing won the 2022 Dublin Literary Award.

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NGR9781472292100
9781472292100
1472292103
The Wide World: An epic novel of family fortune, twisted secrets and love - the first volume in THE GLORIOUS YEARS series by Pierre Lemaitre
New
Hardback
Headline Publishing Group
2023-07-06
512
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