The Annual Banquet of the Gravediggers' Guild

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About the Author

Mathias Énard is the author of Compass (winner of the Prix Goncourt, the Leipzig Prize, and the Premio von Rezzori, and shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize), Tell Them of Battles, Kings, and Elephants, Zone, and Street of Thieves.

Frank Wynne is an Irish literary translator, writer, and editor. He has translated numerous French and Hispanic authors including Michel Houellebecq, Patrick Modiano, Javier Cercas, and Virginie Despentes. Over a career spanning more than twenty years, his work has earned him the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and he was twice awarded both the Scott Moncrieff Prize and the Premio Valle Inclán. Most recently, his translation of Animalia by Jean-Baptiste del Amo won the 2020 Republic of Consciousness Prize. He has edited two major anthologies, Found in Translation: 100 of the Finest Short Stories Ever Translated (2018) and QUEER: LGBT Writing from Ancient Times to Yesterday (2021).

All of Énard's books share the hope of transposing prose into the empyrean of pure sound, where words can never correspond to stable meanings. He's the composer of a discomposing age.--Joshua Cohen "The New York Times Book Review"
Énard fuses recollection and scholarly digression into a swirling, hypnotic, stream-of-consciousness narration.--Sam Sacks "The Wall Street Journal"
In Mathias Enard's magnificent new novel, they banish the ghosts by feasting on a grand, Rabelaisian scale.Through a meal that takes in innumerable courses, boisterously parodic speeches and industrial quantities of fermented grape juice, Enard guides the reader through a history of eloquence, which runs from Boethius to Bossuet, and a story of the French palate that leaves no dish unturned.-- "Irish Times"
There is a capricious divinity at work here, and his name is Énard.--Jeremy Lybarger "4columns"
The real story becomes history, the fluidity of time, the democratizing powers of death, and -- through a stew of Buddhist, Christian and Islamic philosophies -- the cyclical jumble of life. This is Énard at his best...--Martin Riker "The New York Times"
A feast of pathos and pleasure, and a shimmering argument for the interconnectedness of everything.-- "The New Yorker"
Cosmic melody--sometimes rhapsodic, sometimes dissonant or atonal--orchestrates the novel, binding the disparate characters into loose networks of karmic reciprocation and rebirth.--Dustin Illingworth "The Nation"