Happy Days

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Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2004 - Fiction - 99 pages
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What kind of man buys his grave at the age of eighteen and chooses to spend the rest of his life in a rest home at thirty-five? Meet Antoine, the curious hero of Laurent Graff’s Happy Days, an odd young man who somewhat prematurely acquiesces to his terminal destiny. The ultimate fatalist, Antoine decides to play hooky from life at the Happy Days rest home. Despite the pronounced difference in age, he is accepted by the residents and quickly settles into a routine. He leads a peaceful and uneventful life there until the arrival of a dying woman with whom he forms a unique bond and goes on a very special journey. This darkly funny novel — the first of Graff's to be published in English — was awarded the Prix Millepages 2002.

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User Review  - ratastrophe - LibraryThing

Linda Coverdale was responsible for translating this novella from the original French. I'd like to meet her just so I can tell her how brilliant she is! I was overjoyed with sentences like "For this ... Read full review

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Reading the publishers description of Happy Days, it seemed that this short novel would be fantastic: dark, yet funny. It is the story of Antoine, a man who purchases his own gravesite at the age of ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

LAURENT GRAFF was born in 1968. Archivist, widower and father of two children, he lives on the outskirts of Paris. Happy Days, his first novel to be published in English, was awarded the Prix Millepages 2002.

Lyonel Trouillot is a poet, novelist, and essayist of the post-Duvalierist generation of Haitian writers. Linda Coverdale is a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the award-winning translator of over fifty books, including Trouillot's "Street of Lost Footsteps "(PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize finalist) and Patrick Chamoiseau's "School Days" and "Chronicle of the Seven Sorrows," all available in Bison Books editions.

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