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Lacrimosa by Regis Jauffret


Lacrimosa by Regis Jauffret

The first work available in English translation by the major French writer, Regis Jauffret, is a dialogue between the narrator and a young woman who has been suicided - also once his lover. Through laughter, tears, derision and madness, they tell of the bond beyond loneliness and of love that defeats absence. Jauffret is renowned for his use of jubilant language that explores the depths of the soul with tenderness. Lacrimosa, with its devastating beauty and merciless sincerity, introduces his oeuvre to English readers with a powerful, provocative punch.


'Lacrimosa is marked by Jauffret's own direct involvement in both the real-life events and the narrative, an internal exploration deepened by his own experience.'
Russell Williams, TLS

'Regis Jauffret has perhaps written his most accomplished novel, a work of devastating and devastated beauty: an ode to a dead lover.'
Le Magazine Litteraire

'Lacrimosa works like a literary boxing match, a heartbreaking masterpiece where emotion is never far from the absurd.'


'Tragic and caustic.'

'A merciless tale in which honesty explodes from every page, sometimes to the point of provocation.'

'A savage epistolary dialogue made for a great novel.'
Nouvel Observateur

About the Author

Born in Marseille in 1955, Regis Jauffret is a mind-blowing author whose books are often described as acerbic and written with a scalpel, stripping life to the bone. He has won many prizes in France and his recent novel 'Severe', soon to be a film, will be published by Salammbo Press in 2012.

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Publication date

18th October 2012


Regis Jauffret

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Salammbo Press


224 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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