How Many Moons

Original title: Combien de lunes

Author: El Makki, Laura

Publication Date:

August 2023



Original language and publisher

French | Les Escales

Territories Handled

Worldwide excl. French


Literary Fiction

How Many Moons

Original title: Combien de lunes

Author: El Makki, Laura


“Powerful. Rarely is a first novel so assured.” Serge Joncour (Prix Femina 2020, Prix Interallié 2016)

Laura El Makki is the author of several biographies (Henry David Thoreau and H. G. Wells, ed. Gallimard; The Brontë sisters, the strength of existence, ed. Tallandier). As a radio and podcast producer, she directed the series Un été avec Proust (2013) and Un été avec Victor Hugo (2015) on France Inter, adapted into books by Éditions des Équateurs.

One morning like any other, the sun does not rise. The animals disappear. Cars and telephones stop working. And a whole village – the world, perhaps – is plunged into darkness.

The young Anna, who has just found love, Ethel, who has long since lost her way, Josselin, whom an accident has made as monstrous as he is hostile, and little Gautier, with an admirable imagination, try to live in this sovereign night. A strange woman, living in a remote village, is quickly suspected of having cast a spell on the sky and becomes the object of all their obsessions.

Colossal, dazzling, the moon alone illuminates them all, disarmed and groping. It guides them and step by step transforms them, putting everything at stake: their past choices and their buried desires. And what if, far from being the end of one world, this night was the beginning of another?

Marketing Information

  • A recognized non-fiction author: co-author of the collection Un été avec (Antoine Compagnon and Guillaume Gallienne)
  • Journalist at France Culture and France Inter, producer of literary programs and podcasts, and professor at Sciences Po, the author has many supporters in the world of media and culture.