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My mother's tears

Author: Michel Layaz; Tess Lewis
Publisher: London ; New York : Seagull Books, 2019. ©2019
Series: Swiss list.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"With subtle, bemused humor and an unerring eye for human frailty, Michel Layaz writes about the hidden tensions within families, the awkwardness of adolescence, and the drama of intimacy between friends and lovers. The adult narrator has returned to clean out his childhood home after his mother's death. In thirty short chapters, each focused on a talismanic object or resonant episode from his childhood, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Psychological fiction
French fiction
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michel Layaz; Tess Lewis
ISBN: 9780857426529 0857426524
OCLC Number: 1090431682
Language Note: Translated to English from the French.
Notes: Translation of: Les larmes de ma mère.
Originally published: Editons Zoé, 2003.
Description: 185 pages ; 22 cm.
Series Title: Swiss list.
Other Titles: Larmes de ma mère.
Responsibility: Michel Layaz ; translated by Tess Lewis.

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"With subtle, bemused humor and an unerring eye for human frailty, Michel Layaz writes about the hidden tensions within families, the awkwardness of adolescence, and the drama of intimacy between friends and lovers. The adult narrator has returned to clean out his childhood home after his mother's death. In thirty short chapters, each focused on a talismanic object or resonant episode from his childhood, the narrator tries to solve the mystery behind the flood of tears with which his strikingly beautiful, intelligent, and inscrutable mother greeted his birth. Like insects preserved in amber, these objects--an artificial orchid, a statue, a pair of green pumps, a steak knife, a fishing rod and reel, among others--are surrounded by an aura that permeates the narrator's life. Interspersed with these chapters are fragments from the narrator's conversation with his present lover, a woman who demands that he verbally confront his past. This difficult conversation charts his gradual liberation from the psychological wounds he suffered growing up. Not only an account of a son's attempt to understand his enigmatic mother, but also a moving novel about language and memory that explores the ambivalent power of words to hurt and to heal, to revive the past and to put childhood demons to rest."--Publisher.

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"As Michel Leiris did in Manhood, [Layaz] recreates a primary mythology that not only marked the narrator's childhood but also shapes his present life. At the center of this mythology, the Read more...

 
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