Original title: Rodéo

Publication Date:

May 2020



Original language and publisher

French | Editions XYZ

Territories Handled

English (World excl Canada), France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Scandinavia

Territories Sold

French excl. North America (Espace Nord)


Literary Fiction


Original title: Rodéo


A story of survival, which also speaks of surviving in a world where men can become real monstrous beasts, especially when they feel locked in a kind of gear […]. I am very happy that we can have access to this book today. – Billy Robinson,”Bien entendu”, Ici Radio-Canada

A gripping book that reads like a roman noir yet offers a scathing report of the “other Belgium” where, far from the city centers, idle youth has found a way to fend off boredom.

At first, it’s a game. A way to kill time. Find a rabbit — or rather, a woman driving along a solitary back road — and chase her down. A screech of tires, tailing the car so close they can see the fear in her eyes. The days are long and life is dull in the Belgian countryside. It’s normal for Mike, Jeff, Jimmy, Lucky Strike, and company to want to have a little fun… Until the night it all goes too far.

Rodeo is inspired by real events that shook Northern France. The rich narrative will appeal to those who enjoy language that is luminous and raw.

The hunting was good and the cars rang pell-mell with victory anthems. Once again, it was great fun. You think about the girl and the nursery rhyme stuck in your head. A little ditty that rises in your throat at the same time as your childhood.

Marketing Information

Winner of the Prix de la première œuvre de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles