What I Know about You

Original title: Ce que je sais de toi

Author: Chacour, Éric

Publication Date:

January 2023

Pages:

296

Original language and publisher

French | Editions Alto

Territories Handled

Netherlands, North America, Scandinavia

Territories Sold

France (Philippe Rey)
France (Folio Gallimard, paperback)
English (North America) (Coach House Books, at auction)
Denmark (Holgers)
Greece (Metaichmio)
Spanish (Spain) (Dos Bigotes)
Germany (Gutkind)
English (UK & BC excl Can) (Gallic Books)
Brazil (DBA)
Arabic (Nool)
Czech Republic (Host)
Italy (Guanda, at auction)
Netherlands (De Bezige Bij)
Sweden (Rámus)

Genre

Literary Fiction

Number of copies sold:

56,000 (France), 20,000 (Canada)

Awards:

  • Prix des Deux Magots 2023 (longlisted)
  • Prix du Roman Fnac 2023 (shortlisted)
  • Prix du Roman Coiffard 2024 (longlisted)
  • Prix Samantha de la librairie L'étagère (longlisted)
  • Prix Première Plume Furet du Nord (winner)
  • Prix Renaudot 2023 (shortlisted)
  • Prix des Rendez-vous du premier roman – Lectures plurielles (longlisted)
  • Bourse de la découverte de la Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco (finalist)
  • Prix Samantha 2023 (longlisted)
  • Prix Talents/Cultura 2023 (longlisted)
  • Prix Femina 2023 (shortlisted)
  • Prix Femina des Lycéens (winner)
  • Prix Aznavour des Mots d'Amour 2024 (longlisted)
  • Prix des Libraires 2024 (winner)
  • Prix Libraires en Seine Corinne Kim 2024 (winner)
  • Prix des Libraires du Québec 2024 (finalist)
  • Prix Evok 2024 (winner)

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What I Know about You

Original title: Ce que je sais de toi

Author: Chacour, Éric

Synopsis

Let’s face it: Éric Chacour’s first publication, Ce que je sais de toi (Alto), is one of the best novels of recent years. – Samuel Larochelle, Fugues

A debut novel that takes our five senses on a journey between Cairo and Montreal, but that above all tells about human nature. – Léa Harvey, Le Soleil

And the echo is so powerful, its construction so original, that one pinches oneself to notice that this is Chacour’s first novel. It only adds to the spell. – Josée Boileau, Journal de Montréal

In Cairo in the eighties, a young doctor follows the path set out for him. Between the clinic he runs and the prestigious practice he inherited from his father, Tarek leads a life that leaves little room for asking himself questions. But a chance encounter with a person very different from him will jeopardize his marriage, his career, and even his heart and force him into exile.

Between Egypt’s Levantine community and Montreal’s harsh winters, from the reign of Nasser to the dawn of a new century, Tarek flees, wanders, and reminisces. But does he realize that thousands of miles away, someone is compiling the chapters of his story and discovering the twists and turns of his life?

A poignant look at absence and reconciliation, Ce que je sais de toi paints a subtle, witty, and tender portrait of a family being torn apart and a society undergoing dramatic change. Éric Chacour’s debut novel reveals the luminous mind and breathtaking humanity of an author who writes in sumptuous, well-crafted prose. A book rich in garlic, anise, and family secrets.

Marketing Information

  • Coup de coeur Renaud-Bray, Sélection Archambault, Les libraires conseillent : sélection de février 2023, Sélection Les meilleurs livres à lire en février 2023 – L’actualité, Recommandations — janvier 2023 – Nouveau Projet.
  • Included in the 10 Favorite Books Chosen by Independent Booksellers list for 2023’s rentrée littéraire

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