You Will Love What You Have Killed

Kevin Lambert (Author) Donald Winkler (Translator)
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Faldistoire's grandfather thinks he's a ghost. Sylvie's mother reads tarot and summons stormclouds to mete her witch's justice. Behind his Dad of the Year demeanour, S bastien's father hides dark designs. It's Croustine's grandfather who makes the boy a pair of slippers from the dead family dog, but it's his father, the cannily-named Kevin Lambert, who always seems to be nearby when tragedy strikes, and in the cemetery, under the baleful eyes of toads, small graves are dug one after the other: Chicoutimi, Quebec, is a dangerous place for children. But these young victims of rape, arbitrary violence, and senseless murder keep coming back from the dead. They return to school, explore their sexualities, keep tabs on grown-up sins--and plot their apocalyptic retribution.

Surreal and darkly comic, this debut novel by Kevin Lambert, one of the most celebrated and controversial writers to come out of Quebec in recent memory, takes the adult world to task--and then takes revenge.

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$15.95  $14.67
Publish Date
October 06, 2020
4.9 X 0.6 X 7.4 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

Born in 1992, Kevin Lambert grew up in Chicoutimi, Quebec. He earned a master's degree in creative writing at the Université de Montréal. His first novel, You Will Love What You Have Killed, was widely acclaimed, won a prize for the best novel from the Saguenay region, and was a finalist for Quebec's Booksellers' Prize. His second novel, Querelle de Roberval, has been acclaimed in both Quebec, where it was nominated for four literary prizes, and France, where it was a finalist for the prestigious Prix Médicis and the literary prize of the Paris newspaper Le Monde, and won the Marquis de Sade Prize. Lambert lives in Montreal.


"Death lurks in the daily life of these mad children who form ambivalent friendships, initiate cruel vendettas and throw punches. Despite their unassuagable desire for outrage, Faldistoire and his band sometimes display a moving sagacity foreign to the adults of this hateful city. This book is poisonously beautiful and shows the talent of a convincing writer." Olivier Boisvert, Librairie Marie-Laura, Les Libraires website
"Difficult to describe, because wildly strange, but also furiously bewitching. Let us rejoice that this man who was born in Chicoutimi in 1992 obviously has accounts to settle; Quebec literature rarely allows such ferocity . . . The dark song of an angry queer young man, a fantasy of twisted vengeance, the hallucinated dream of an apocalypse as life-saving as a forest fire: You Will Love What You Have Killed exaggerates to its limits the ordinary ugliness of a Quebec caught in the grip of its prejudices . . . it is precisely because he speaks of reality that Kevin Lambert's novel evokes the taste of vomit." Dominic Tardif, Le Devoir