Rare are the times that the publications of Yann Moix doesn’t have controversy. This time, rather severe, it takes its place on the family property. In Orléans , her novel was published on 21 August, the writer recounts how his parents would have violently beaten during his youth and adolescence. José, the father of Yann Moix, and Alexander, his younger brother, have both responded to his accusations in the press. According to them, the author would have thoroughly distorted the reality, accusing his parents of some of the abuse that he was himself to undergo his younger brother. Saura-t-on the truth? But most importantly, should we know? On the yellow cover, it is written “novel”. And the novel, if one believes Virginia Woolf “is the only form of art that tries to make us believe that it gives a complete and truthful to the life of a real person”.
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As a burden which sticks to the skin, the childhood of Yann Moix seems never to have left. Was it she who harbored their anger and critical dry on tv trays? It is managed or not to exorcise physical and psychological violence that he did, says the author, be subject to his parents, Orléans has, it seems, conquered a part of the criticism.
“The great book of the season”
“That the controversy does not mask the essential: Orléans by Yann Moix is the great book of the new school year,” writes Éric Naulleau on Twitter. For their part, the chroniclers of the Mask & the Plume on France Inter are unanimous: this is one of the best works of the writer.
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The style of the author is the first quality praised by the critics. “The style has changed, it is so brutal that it has lost all its lyricism, is a thing that one could reproach him before. It is a sober view,” says Frédéric Beigbeder, the Figaro magazine .
For Olivia de Lamberterie, of the magazine It , “the book is almost unbearable by the perversity of the parents, but sustainable thanks to the language pretty valuable – sometimes a little too much – and at the same time very sober and very cold”. “This is a book that tells of the unbearable with a lot of distance, which allows the author to avoid the pathos, and the reader to avoid voyeurism,” she continued. Disagree with Jérôme Garcin, for which the book is a story, she wishes to qualify the text of a “novel”.
“The agitation was not provided”
“This is a book of literary” defends Stifle, then, that Olivier Nora, head of the publishing house, told Europe 1 that”there is a very great truth in the text of Yann Moix”. “Anyone who has read this book knows that it was written by a man whose sensitive sensors have been saturated from childhood,” he added. The editor is annoying to the controversy, which, according to him, “gives the feeling that it is a novel of complaint”. “Now, as for who reads, this is a book where there is no pathos. This is not a text that aims to the compassion of the reader. It is a text about the birth of a writer, basically,” he continued.
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Contacted, the publishing house says that Yann Moix will not take the word. “The answer to this controversy would be to decentralise the book,” says Grasset. “The agitation was not planned, ahead in the publishing house. But the book is written in the first person, and in a manner so intimate that one can only understand the family to be affected.”
That this is due to its literary qualities, or the buzz in the media that it elicits, Orléans is one of the books the beacons of the start of the literary. He is the author of the most searched on the internet among those who have a book this fall, no doubt because of the controversy born of that which is apparent, especially for those who have not read Orléans , a settlement of accounts family. With 110.000 queries, according to SEMrush, a platform for the analysis of the online visibility, it takes place in the top of the ranking, far ahead of Cécile Coulon ( A beast in paradise ), which gathers 14.800.