Le Fils

Albin Michel

Vaste fresque de l'Amérique de 1850 à nos jours, Le Fils de Philipp Meyer, finaliste du prestigieux prix Pulitzer 2014, est porté par trois personnages, trois générations d'une famille texane, les McCullough, dont les voix successives tissent la trame de ce roman exceptionnel.

Eli, enlevé par les Comanches à l'âge de onze ans, va passer parmi eux trois années qui marqueront sa vie. Revenu parmi les Blancs, il prend part à la conquête de l'Ouest avant de s'engager dans la guerre de Sécession et de bâtir un empire, devenant, sous le nom de « Colonel », un personnage de légende.

À la fois écrasé par son père et révolté par l'ambition dévastatrice de ce tyran autoritaire et cynique, son fils Peter profitera de la révolution mexicaine pour faire un choix qui bouleversera son destin et celui des siens.

Ambitieuse et sans scrupules, Jeanne-Anne, petite-fille de Peter, se retrouvera à la tête d'une des plus grosses fortunes du pays, prête à parachever l'oeuvre de son arrière-grand-père.

Il est difficile de résumer un tel livre. Porté par un souffle hors du commun, Le Fils est à la fois une réflexion sur la condition humaine et le sens de l'Histoire, et une exploration fascinante de la part d'ombre du rêve américain.

« Meyer est un impressionnant et remarquable conteur, de ceux qui vous font tourner les pages sans même que vous vous en rendiez compte. » Richard Ford

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Originaire de Baltimore, Philipp Meyer est à 38 ans reconnu comme l’un des écrivains les plus doués de sa génération. Lauréat du Los Angeles Times Book Prize pour son premier roman, Un arrière-goût de rouille (Denoël, 2010), il a connu un formidable succès avec son deuxième livre Le Fils, salué par l’ensemble de la presse américaine comme l’un des cinq meilleurs romans de l’année 2013 et qui va être traduit en plus de vingt langues.

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Albin Michel
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Aug 20, 2014
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Soon to be a TV Series on AMC starring Pierce Brosnan and co-written by Philipp Meyer.

Now in paperback, the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling epic, a saga of land, blood, and power that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the oil booms of the 20th century.

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching examination of the bloody price of power, The Son is a gripping and utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American west with rare emotional acuity, even as it presents an intimate portrait of one family across two centuries.

Eli McCullough is just twelve-years-old when a marauding band of Comanche storm his Texas homestead and brutally murder his mother and sister, taking him as a captive. Despite their torture and cruelty, Eli--against all odds--adapts to life with the Comanche, learning their ways, their language, taking on a new name, finding a place as the adopted son of the chief of the band, and fighting their wars against not only other Indians, but white men, too-complicating his sense of loyalty, his promised vengeance, and his very understanding of self. But when disease, starvation, and westward expansion finally decimate the Comanche, Eli is left alone in a world in which he belongs nowhere, neither white nor Indian, civilized or fully wild.

Deftly interweaving Eli’s story with those of his son, Peter, and his great-granddaughter, JA, The Son deftly explores the legacy of Eli’s ruthlessness, his drive to power, and his life-long status as an outsider, even as the McCullough family rises to become one of the richest in Texas, a ranching-and-oil dynasty of unsurpassed wealth and privilege.

Harrowing, panoramic, and deeply evocative, The Son is a fully realized masterwork in the greatest tradition of the American canon-an unforgettable novel that combines the narrative prowess of Larry McMurtry with the knife edge sharpness of Cormac McCarthy.

The debut novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Son, which is now an AMC original TV series

BONUS: This edition contains a reader's guide.

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