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The Groove (Le sillon)

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Original Language: French | 280 pp. | September 2018

2 Seas represents: Dutch, Nordic, and English (USA & Canada) Rights.

LITERARY FICTION 

Inside Le Sillon dwells a frantic, violent and menacing world; a world that is nevertheless very much alive. Its story approaches the collective experience in the best possible way: through the intimate everyday life of the individual.  — Annie Ernaux

Valerie Manteau’s second novel has remarkable depth. In a masterful depiction of the unknown, a love story dotted with impossibilities commingles with a world on the verge of the abyss and with the life of a murdered journalist.

A young woman meets up with her lover in Istanbul. While the city is slowly decaying amidst its contradictions and the violence of the regime, some are still fighting for their freedom. As she wanders around, this woman discovers the story of Hrant Dink, an Armenian journalist murdered in Turkey because of his aspiration for peace.

Valérie Manteau was born in 1985. Publisher and columnist, she was part of Charlie Hebdo’s team from 2008 to 2013. She now lives between Marseille, Paris and  Istanbul. After Calm and Peaceful (Le Tripode, 2016), The Groove is her second novel.

“The title of Hrant Dink’s journal was The Groove. He probably had in mind the parable of the sower. Seeds that fall on the side of a path or on rocks are lost, but those that fell on good soil grew into fruits: one gave a hundred, another one gave sixty and the last one thirty. This is Agos, the ground on which something could grow rather than nothing.” — Excerpt from Valérie Manteau’s The Groove