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Pub Date: 04/09/2019

Pages: 424

Trim: 5 x 8

Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions

Imprint: Fitzcarraldo Editions

ISBN 13: 9781910695579

ISBN 10: 1910695572

Price: $18.95

Category: FICTION / Literary


By Jean-Baptiste Del Amo, Frank Wynne

Price: $18.95



About the Book

Animalia retraces the history of a modest peasant family through the twentieth century as they develop their small plot of land into an intensive pig farm. In an environment dominated by the omnipresence of animals, five generations endure the cataclysm of war, economic disasters, and the emergence of a brutal industrialism reflecting an ancestral tendency to violence. Only the enchanted realm of childhood—that of Eleonore, the matriarch, and that of Jerome, the last in the lineage—and the innate freedom of the animals offer any respite from the visible barbarity of humanity. Written in shifting prose that reflects the passage of time, with shades of Laszlo Krasznahorkai and Cormac McCarthy, Animalia is a powerful novel about man's desire to conquer nature and the transmission of violence from one generation to the next.

About the Book

A lyrical novel following the lives of a family of pig farmers in France from the beginning to the end of the twentieth century.


Jean-Baptiste Del Amo, born in 1981, is one of France’s most exciting and ambitious young writers. Animalia, his fourth novel, all published by Gallimard, is his first to appear in English.Frank Wynne is among the English language’s greatest living translators from the Spanish, has won many awards for his work, and is the translator of, amongst others, Javier Cercas, Tómas Eloy Martinez, and Arturo Pérez-Reverte.