Join us for an evening of engaging conversation with Edouard Louis, author of "The End of Eddy" and "A History of Violence". This event is conjunction with the Montgomery Fellows Program.
Born in 1992 as Eddy Bellegueule in Hallencourt, a little village of 1400 souls in northern France, Édouard changed his surname to Louis when he left the violent working-class milieu of his parents and moved to Paris. He started studying sociology at the École normal superieur but quickly became the most celebrated French writer of his generation when he—just twenty-two years old—published his first novel En finir avec Eddy Belleueule (Éditions du Seuil) in 2014. A bestseller overnight and immediately translated into more than 20 languages, "The End of Eddy" tells the story of a gay boy, his agony, his sexual awakening, and his resistance against the homophobic, violent life in his hometown. In 2016, Louis published his second novel, "History of Violence", which recounts the story of his rape and attempted murder on Christmas Eve of 2012, the autobiographical novel centers around the cyclical and self-perpetuating nature of violence in society.