The Continent

Original title: Le Continent

Publication Date:

March 2021



Original language and publisher

French | Actes Sud

Territories Handled

Netherlands, North America, Scandinavia


Literary Fiction

The Continent

Original title: Le Continent


(Le Rouergue)

Inès arrives at the island as if she has been shipwrecked. Back on the mainland, she slashed the tyres of her boss’s car – a deed that she never thought she was capable of actually carrying out. Her doctor has signed her off sick and so she doesn’t have to go in to work.

But even being out of the fray and far away from the cultural center where she was in charge of the library until the brutal restructuring took place, she can’t shake off the rage she feels at having lost her battle.

After a while, however, this island, which is a space of dreams and distant childhood memories, will spark a new lease of life in her and Inès, who can sometimes be as wild as a panther or animal that has survived a bushfire, comes to realize that she is capable of rebuilding her existence.

A true novelist of the rebel spirit, Raphaëlle Riol serves up an electric and captivating story of a woman who, as a reader of Nietzsche, is aware that ‘we have art in order not to die of the truth.’