The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal audiobook

The Heart

By Maylis de Kerangal
Translated by Sam Taylor
Read by Steven Jay Cohen

Blackstone Publishing 9781410491282

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • Available on 03/03/2020

    ISBN: 9781094108575

  • Available on 03/03/2020

    ISBN: 9781094108568

  • Available on 03/03/2020

    ISBN: 9781094108582

Runtime: 8.83 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Winner of the Wellcome Trust Book Prize

Winner of the French-American Foundation Translation Prize

A Bill Gates Pick of One of Five Best Summer Reads

Finalist for the Albertine Prize

Just before dawn on a Sunday morning, three teenage boys go surfing. While driving home exhausted, the boys are involved in a fatal car accident on a deserted road. Two of the boys are wearing seat belts; one goes through the windshield. The doctors declare him brain-dead shortly after arriving at the hospital, but his heart is still beating.

The Heart takes place over the twenty-four hours surrounding the resulting heart transplant, as life is taken from a young man and given to a woman close to death. In gorgeous, ruminative prose, it examines the deepest feelings of everyone involved as they navigate decisions of life and death.

As stylistically audacious as it is emotionally explosive, The Heart mesmerized readers in France, where it has been hailed as the breakthrough work of a new literary star. With the precision of a surgeon and the language of a poet, de Kerangal has made a major contribution to both medicine and literature with an epic tale of grief, hope, and survival.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“From its first, hurtling, paragraph-long sentence, this novel vividly dramatizes each step in the organ-donation process.” New Yorker
The Heart is the best medical novel I’ve read in years. A deep and gripping meditation on the nature of grief. I was mesmerized.” Sandeep Jauhar, author of Doctored
“Stunningly well written, ravishingly translated.” Lionel Shriver, author of We Need to Talk about Kevin
“I read The Heart in a single sitting. It is a gripping, deceptively simple tale—a death, a life resurrected—in which you follow along as everyone touched by the events is made to reveal what matters most to them in their lives. I was completely absorbed.” Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal
“This novel is an exploration not only of death but of life, of humanity and fragility, ‘because the heart is more than the heart.’“ New York Times Book Review
“An exquisite valentine to that engine on which every breath depends…Transcendent.” More magazine
“This unlike-anything-you’ve-ever-read novel…shimmers and sears at the same time.” Elle
“Shows that narratives around illness and pain can energize the nobler angels of our nature and make for profoundly lovely art.” The Guardian (London)
“The writing in The Heart has a hurtling, onrushing quality… Sam Taylor[‘s] translation throbs with beauty, sorrow, and an undimmed astonishment at the life of the body.” Wall Street Journal
“[De Kerangal’s] writing is uncommonly beautiful and never lacking humanity.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A sensuous and propulsive novel of tragedy and hope.” Booklist (starred review)

Reviews

Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Maylis de Kerangal

Author Bio: Maylis de Kerangal

Maylis de Kerangal is the author of several novels in French. In 2014 Réparer les vivants was published to wide acclaim and won the Grand Prix RTL-Lire and the Student Choice Novel of the Year from France Culture and Télérama. Its English translation, The Heart, was one of the Wall Street Journal’s Ten Best Fiction Works of 2016 and was the winner of the 2017 Wellcome Book Prize. She lives in Paris, France.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 8.83
Audience: Adult
Language: English