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Tash Aw: ‘The End of Eddy’, 16 February 2017

The End of Eddy 
by Edouard Louis, translated by Michael Lucey.
Harvill Secker, 192 pp., £12.99, February 2017, 978 1 84655 900 6
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Histoire de la violence 
by Edouard Louis.
Editions du Seuil, 230 pp., £22, January 2016, 978 2 7578 6481 4
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... A chance encounter​ on Christmas Eve ends with Edouard Louis, a student at the École Normale Supérieure, taking a stranger back to his apartment. Louis has struggled with the decision to invite the man to share his home and his body, and now, poised on the brink of terrible physical and emotional violence that will have long-standing consequences for both of them, the young men have choices to make ...

Not everybody cries

Christopher Tayler: Tash Aw, 29 August 2013

Five Star Billionaire 
by Tash Aw.
Fourth Estate, 437 pp., £18.99, February 2013, 978 0 00 749415 6
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... opaquely symbolic interlude? One set of answers is provided in Map of the Invisible World (2009), Tash Aw’s second novel, in which a painter who’s said to like ‘parrots and boys’ shows two of the main characters one of his early canvases: a painting of a farmhouse in Germany with oddly shaped cows in the surrounding fields and a young bride and ...

Disruptors

Nick Richardson: Ned Beauman, 17 July 2014

Glow 
by Ned Beauman.
Sceptre, 249 pp., £16.99, June 2014, 978 1 4447 6551 9
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... to increase productivity then work them to death. Many good novels in the past few years – by Tash Aw, Aravind Adiga and Mohsin Hamid among others – have dealt with the uneasy relationship between capital, corruption and emerging economies. Next to them Glow looks inappropriately light: what are the star-nosed mole and the suffering of the Burmese ...

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