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(Stock, 162 pages, 2008)
***Translated samples available***
A 2008 recipient of the French Voices grant from the French Cultural Services in New York
In 15 ferocious short stories, Luc Lang seizes on and conjugates the brutality of the contemporary world in all its facets. Each story contains a different mixture of tragedy, comedy, ridicule, or pain, with pity ever absent from the scene. A married couple, a family, business colleagues, lovers—no one is spared in these bitter tales. Cruels, 13 is a depiction of the present we live in, rendered through the lens of everyday cruelty.
Two stories from Cruels, 13 appeared in Fiction, Inc. (number 54): “Face?” and “The Lord’s Day.”
Luc Lang is the prize-winning author of Voyage sur la ligne d’horizon (Prix Freustié, Gallimard, 1988), Liverpool marée haute (Prix du Livre de Picardie, Gallimard, 1991), Furies (Gallimard, 1995), Mille six cents ventres (Prix Goncourt des Lycéens; Stock, 1998; published in English as Strange Ways, Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2000; Phoenix, 2002), Les Indiens (Stock, 2001), La fin des paysages (Stock, 2006), and Cruels, 13 (Prix Ozoir’elles; Stock, 2008). He has also written a work of autobiographical literary nonfiction, 11 septembre mon amour (Stock, 2003), and writes on contemporary art and on the art of the novel. He teaches aesthetics at L’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris et Cergy.
Luc Lang : Luc Lang is the prize-winning author of the novels Liverpool Marée Haute, Voyage sur la ligne d’horizon, Furies,(with Éditions Gallimard) and Mille six cents ventres (Fayard, 1998, in the original; English translation Strangeways with Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2000, Phoenix House 2002), Les Indiens (Stock, 2001), and of 11 septembre mon amour (Stock, 2003). He is a frequent guest at writers' conferences around the United States.