Before Burning

Original title: Avant de brûler

Publication Date:

April 2024



Original language and publisher

French | La Peuplade

Territories Handled

Netherlands, North America, Scandinavia


Literary Fiction

Before Burning

Original title: Avant de brûler


When the world collapses, under the effect of floods, heatwaves and fires, two women meet in a forest that wolves have retaken. One has found refuge with a fellow exile in an isolated house, while the other has only her three young, exhausted children left, to whom she wants to offer a place in which to aspire to more than to continue destroying themselves. Both have stories in common that they are not ready to tell.

During their walks in the forest, the two women are protected by a doe who follows them as they move. The animal comes and goes between their shelter and the clearing with corpses. She is the last of her species and knows the cataclysm that will cause their downfall.

With an urgent and uncompromising voice, Virginie DeChamplain imagines a feminine post-apocalypse where we collect the present in its most subtle details: the depth of the river’s blue hue, the texture of the first buds, the effects of the light on the leaves of the trees.

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