The Annual Banquet of the Gravediggers’ Guild

The Annual Banquet of the Gravediggers’ Guild

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 04/10/2023
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The Annual Banquet of the Gravediggers’ Guild
A Fitzcarraldo Fantasy
The content reminded me of Mikhail Bulgakov’s Master and the Margarita and Brian Catling’s Hollow, there’s a sense of mischief, delight and disgust in the ... READ MORE
Georgia Sherlock-Taylor
The Annual Banquet of the Gravediggers’ Guild
Mesmerising
I adore this, a work of enormous ambition and scale, epic in the way too few novels try to be. It flings you through time and consciousness, but remains co... READ MORE
John - Glasgow Silverburn

Synopsis

Gaudy, bawdy, irreverent and unapologetically good fun, The Annual Banquet of the Gravediggers’ Guild transports its hapless anti-hero David Mazon from Paris to rural France for a supernaturally charged romp into Death’s domain. A brilliant novel that is both a bow to mortality and a toast to the best of life’s brevity from one of France’s finest authors.

Shortlisted for Foyles Book of the Year 2023

Synopsis

To research his thesis on contemporary agrarian life, anthropology student David Mazon moves from Paris to La Pierre-Saint-Christophe, a village in the marshlands of western France. Determined to capture the essence of rurality, the intrepid scholar shuttles around on his moped to interview local residents. Unbeknownst to David, in these nondescript lands, once theatres of wars and revolutions, Death leads the dance. When an existence ends, the Wheel of Life recycles its soul and hurls it back into the world as microbe, human or wild animal, sometimes in the past, sometimes in the future. Only once a year do Death and the living observe a temporary truce, during a gargantuan three-day feast where gravediggers gorge themselves on food, libations and language. Brimming with Mathias Enard’s characteristic wit and encyclopaedic brilliance, The Annual Banquet of the Gravediggers’ Guild is a riotous novel where the edges between past and present are constantly dissolving against a Rabelaisian backdrop of excess – and a paradoxically macabre paean to life’s richness.

  • Publisher: Fitzcarraldo Editions
  • ISBN: 9781804270592
  • Number of pages: 496
  • Dimensions: 195 x 127 mm

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