Living with Our Dead
On Loss and Consolation
by Delphine Horvilleur
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Pub Date 07 May 2024 | Archive Date 07 May 2024
Europa Editions, Europa Compass
A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL BEST-SELLER
A timely, powerful reflection on our relationship to death and an invitation to accept loss and vulnerability as essential and enriching parts of life, from France’s most prominent female rabbi and a leading intellectual.
The New York Times describes Delphine Horvilleur as “the rare intellectual to bring religious texts into the public square,” and, as one of only five female rabbis in France, unique in that she “calls for a plurality of religious voices in interpreting holy texts.”
Living with Our Dead is a profoundly humanist, universal, and hopeful book that celebrates life, love, memory, and the power of storytelling to inspire and sustain us.
In this moving book by the leader of France’s Liberal Jewish Movement, Delphine Horvilleur recounts eleven stories of loss, mourning, and consolation, collected during the years she has spent caring for the dying and their loved ones.
From Elsa Cayat, the psychologist and Charlie Hebdo columnist killed in the 2015 terrorist attack, to Simone Veil and Marceline Loridan, “the girls of Birkenau”; from Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, assassinated in 1995, to Myriam, a New Yorker obsessed with planning her own funeral, to the author friend’s Ariane and her struggle with terminal illness. In telling these stories and her own relationship to them, Horvilleur addresses death and dying with intelligence, humor, and compassion. Rejecting the contemporary tendency to banish death from our thoughts and discourse, she encourages us to embrace its presence as a fundamental part of life.
A Note From the Publisher
- Readers interested on the relationship to death and grieving in Western societies
- Readers interested in Jewish religion and culture
- For readers of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Notes on Grief; Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking; Max Porter’s Grief is the Thing with Feathers; Michael Ignatieff’s On Consolation.
KEY SELLING POINTS
- Major media and author-platform campaign with Page1Media: op-eds, guest essays, interviews, etc.
= Horvilleur studied and was ordained in New York, and is a frequent visitor and speaker at synagogues, universities, and community centers in the United States; She has received major media coverage, including an author profile in The New York Times, Sept. 30, 2022, and has a large network of supporters eagerly awaiting this book.
- Author is one of the five female rabbis in France and leader of the Liberal Jewish Movement
- Timely reflection on the place occupied by death in Western societies, written in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
WINNER OF THE 2021 BABELIO PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION
“A radiant book that, without sentimentality, invites us to celebrate life.”—Le Monde
“A hymn to the healing power of storytelling and the written word.”—Le Figaro
”Delightful and moving… Delphine Horvilleur finds the right words to describe our time and its ghosts.”—ELLE Magazine (France)
Marketing & Publicity
- Print and E-galleys available
- Author tour in US and Canada in May and Oct
- Author available for interviews and virtual events
- National and regional Media campaign
- Promotion at Winter Institute
- Promotion at PLA
- Trade and consumer advertising
- Library marketing
- Social media campaign
- Outreach to Jewish media and organizations
- Academic marketing