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Sila's Fortune

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Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Fiction

Sila's Fortune

Fabrice Humbert

The Slap from a French perspective.

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9781847658487 (28 Mar 2013)

About the book

Paris, June 1995. In a restaurant, a waiter is violently attacked by a guest. No-one moves. Neither the Russian couple, nor the wife of the aggressor, nor the two young traders come to celebrate their first jobs on the floor. An event not worth lingering over?

All actions have consequences. And on this occasion, the brutality, indifference or cowardice of those present will signal the beginning of their individual undoing. From the fall of the Berlin wall to the financial crash of 2008, in a world defined by wealth, the crossed destinies the actors in this first scene, from Russian oligarch to property speculator weave a web. At its is Sila, the floored immigrant whose refusal to be made a victim will bring the house down.

About the author

Born in Saint-Cloud in 1967, Fabrice Humbert teaches literature in a French-German lycée near Paris. A previous novel, The Origin of Violence [9781846687501] was published by Serpent's Tail in 2011 and won the first ever French Prix Orange and the Prix Renaudot for best paperback.


Praise for Fabrice Humbert:'Highly intellegent and moving ... a novel of rare scope, substance and strength

- Scotsman

Beautifully written

- Herald

Sila's Fortune is a book of our time. It consists of stories that are extraordinary, beautiful, inspiring, sad or painful and rendered with a felicity of writing that is to be greatly admired

- Lire

One of the jewels of this year's literary output, Sila's Fortune is an amazing immersion into the world of bling and money

- L'Express

Great storytelling.

- London Evening Standard

Additional Information

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Fiction

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