Hailstone Season

Original title: Le temps de grêlons

Author: Mak-Bouchard, Olivier

Publication Date:

March 2022



Original language and publisher

French | Le Tripode

Territories Handled

Netherlands, Scandinavia

Territories Sold

Italy (Alter Ego)


Literary Fiction

Hailstone Season

Original title: Le temps de grêlons

Author: Mak-Bouchard, Olivier


An intense writer who gives plenty of space to childhood, natural surroundings, and dreams. – Le Figaro Littéraire

Olivier Mak-Bouchard’s narration remains precise throughout this novel that portrays the strength of a land filled with mythology. A novel that rings out as an extension of the magical kingdom of childhood. It takes a special kind of interpreter to remind us that the strength of our land comes from its majestic beauty. – Télérama

Magic is always there, lying just underneath the surface of our prosaic world. Olivier Mak-Bouchard has a gift for bringing these two worlds together without making a big to-do about it. He is right at home in the continuation of writers he admires. – Le Matricule des Anges

After the success of Le Dit du Mistral, Olivier Mak-Bouchard delivers a new novel set in Provence, a wildly imaginative and political fable about three teenage friends learning how to deal with unexplained events.

From one day to the next, across the globe, everyone is stunned: cameras are no longer able to recognize and record human beings. As if our planet, fed up with our presence, decided to revolt against humanity. In the south of France, a child observes this new world, shaken into a trajectory never before imagined.

Hailstone Season, Mak-Bouchard’s latest novel, is infused with magical realism, with unexpected figures from the past, and new scientific mysteries. This ode to friendship, once again set in Provence, is also an acerbic fable reminding us of our current world state and of the struggle between hope and hate.

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