Returning to Reims

Returning to Reims


'A deeply intelligent and searching book, one that makes you re-consider the narrative of your own life and reframe the story you tell yourself' Hilary Mantel

"There was a question that had come to trouble me a bit earlier, once I had taken the first steps on this return journey to Reims...
Why, when I have had such an intense experience of forms of shame related to class ... why had it never occurred to me to take up this problem in a book?"

Returning to Reims
is a breath-taking memoir of return, a family story of class, sexuality, gender and of the shifting political allegiances of the French working classes. A phenomenon in France and a huge bestseller in Germany, Didier Eribon has written the defining memoir of our times.


  • A brilliant little book...a touching memoir of sexual awakening, and a gallery of philosophical ideas and characters
    Steven Poole, The Observer

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Didier Eribon

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