Our Books

9781910477311
Edition details

ISBN
9781910477311

eBook ISBN
9781910477410

Publication date
13th March 2017

RRP
£7.99

Binding
PB B

Extent (number of pages)
112

Translator
Emily Boyce

Territory

WEL

BIC category
F/FYT

US publication date
14th March 2017

US RRP
$14.95

Category

Tags

/ / / /

Octavio’s Journey

(Le voyage d'Octavio)

£7.99

A compact but kaleidoscopic fable of Venezuela from a stunning new voice in the magical realism tradition.

Buy ebook READ EXTRACT

This title is not yet published, but can be pre-ordered

Description

A compact but kaleidoscopic fable of Venezuela from a stunning new voice in the magical realism tradition.

“His body might have been hewn from a tree trunk; his heart would last for a hundred years. And, like a tree, he was one of those men who die standing up.” A chance meeting in the local pharmacy transforms the life of lonely, illiterate Octavio. He begins reading lessons and finds love and happiness for the very first time. But Octavio’s destiny lies elsewhere, as he will discover on a journey into the Venezuelan rainforest.

Shortlisted for the Goncourt first novel award, this short but epic fable is both a hymn to Venezuela and the magical story of an extraordinary hero.

Reviews
‘Could almost be a discarded chapter from One Hundred Years of Solitude’ Sunday Times 
‘A masterfully composed poetic and picaresque fable’ Le Figaro
‘A quite irresistible picaresque novel, in the vein of García Márquez’ Nouvel Observateur
‘(a) whistle-stop tour of a remote, seldom-touched-by-literature, and fully intriguing, but ultimately unfathomable, land’ The Book Bag
‘This short novel is impossible to put down (…) felt immersed in this Latin American world just the way I was when I first read Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ Paris Diary
‘We see Bonnefoy in an ode to his homeland and a fable like tale of what was and maybe a feeling that is lost . This is under hundred pages long a perfect evening read.’ Winstonsdad’s Blog
‘A wonderful debut’ Libération
‘Bewitching from the start’ Le Point
‘Simply magical’ Elle
Bonus Material
Octavio’s Journey: The New Wave of Magical Realism
Q&A with Miguel Bonnefoy
I, Octavio on Bookanista
Miguel Bonnefoy

Meet the author

Miguel Bonnefoy was born in France in 1986 to a Venezuelan mother and a Chilean father. In 2013, he was awarded the Prix du Jeune Ecrivain, which previously launched the careers of Marie Darrieussecq and others. Octavio’s Journey is Bonnefoy’s first novel, written in French. It has sold more than 25…

Read more

© Belgravia Books 2017

© Gallic Books 2017

© Aardvark Bureau 2017

Website made by Bookswarm