The French Father

The French Father

By Alain Elkann

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A highly successful businessman and a Surrealist artist converse in the afterlife

The French Father centres on a dialogue between two men buried alongside each other in the Parisian cemetery of Montparnasse – now companions in the afterlife. One man, the author's father, is strict, upper middle class, and a firm believer in the values and principles of the grande bourgeoisie. The other is the artist Roland Topor, screenwriter of Polanski's The Tenant – unconventional, exuberant and creative. Elkann finds harmony in the clashing proximity of his stern father and the unruly artist. What might have been a story of grief becomes one of peaceful vitality united through a shared inheritance and faith.

Translated by Alastair McEwen
Cover illustration by Gustave Caillebotte
128 pp
Published 01 December 2012
ISBN 9781908968043
B-Format Paperback

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