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The Dead Birds of America (Les Oiseaux morts de l’Amérique)



Original Language: French | 224 pp. | January 2018

2 Seas Represents: Dutch, Nordic, and North American Rights


On the edge of Las Vegas, within the sewer tunnels, lives a small band of humans excluded from the American dream who are striving to survive amidst the deprivation and other extreme circumstances.

Among them is Hoyt Stapleton, who spends his time lost in books and travelling through time in his imagination – a character who is emblematic of today’s America. By his side are Matthew and Steven, two post-traumatic veterans unsuited to ‘normal’ life who struggle along in a spirit of good humour and solidarity. A variation on the age-old themes of literature, Les Oiseaux morts de l’Amérique is an exploration of the inherent vagaries of human memory, the distortions of recollection and the wrong turns of human history. In tracing the contours of the process of forgetting, Christian Garcin has created an American novel with undertones of both Beckett and Russell Banks.