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Returning to Reims


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The bestselling French memoir of social class, return and loss.

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Didier Eribon is Professor of Sociology at the University of Amiens. His previous books include the biography Michael Foucault, Insult and the Making of the Gay Self, and numerous other books of critical theory. 'Returning to Reims, his acclaimed memoir of going back to his roots, is a bestseller in Europe.

Translated by Michael Lucey.


A brilliant little book...a touching memoir of sexual awakening, and a gallery of philosophical ideas and characters -- Steven Poole * The Observer *
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... Didier Eribon understands how deep the roots of inequality go -- Hilary Mantel
Returning to Reims played a capital role in my life... I was overwhelmed by this book. I felt I was reading the story of my life. -- Edouard Louis
This is a self-excoriating memoir... [Eribon] writes as someone who has scrubbed hard at the markings of destiny -- Marina Benjamin * New Statesman *
A stunning book -- vital and important -- Andrew McMillan
Hypnotic ... a gripping read * Daily Telegraph *
Eribon's memoir is fascinating: full of fretful honesty, battling with shame around his background and shame at being ashamed -- The Times
Eribon offers up a magnificent example of an enlightened life liberated by theory, written in a style that deftly moves between the intimate, the social and the political -- Annie Ernaux
A powerful book and one that I enjoyed immensely -- Geoffrey Beattie * Irish Times *
This is a beautiful book about suppression, losing touch with your roots, and regaining balance * Art in America *
An honest and moving personal narrative that is skilfully threaded through sociological and political analysis. I was captivated from beginning to end -- Diane Reay * author of Miseducation: Inequality, Education and the Working Classes *
This intensely personal account of Didier Eribon's family is a fascinating and compelling read...The book is beautifully written (and as beautifully translated). It is at once pleasureable and edifying to read * Joan W. Scott *
Retour a Reims could be a novel. It has all the allure and attraction of one -- Claire Devarrieux * Liberation *

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