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
‘If you follow my advice, I promise: while reading Lacrimosa, you will both endure enjoyment and suffering.Lacrimosa is just made of what life is made of.’ Olivier Barrot, Vice Versa, France 24 ‘Régis Jauffret has perhaps written his most accomplished novel, a work of devastating and devastated beauty: an ode to a dead lover.’ Magazine Littéraire
‘Tragic and caustic.’ Télérama
‘Lacrimosa works like a literary boxing match, a heartbreaking masterpiece where emotion is never far from the absurd.’ Express
‘A savage epistolary dialogue made for a great novel.’ Nouvel Observateur
‘A merciless tale in which honesty explodes from every page, sometimes to the point of provocation.’ Figaro
Salammbo’s name is inspired by a novel by Gustave Flaubert, the author of Madame Bovary, but also by the classic graphic novel of the same name by French artist Phillippe Druillet.Founded in 2011 by Stéfane Houssier and Geraldine East, Salammbo’s first passions are fiction and graphic novels – from timeless classics to the innovative. But popular non-fiction is also represented with our first title The Universe explained to MyGrandchildren, by Hubert Reeves. Our eclectic collection represents exciting, high-quality writing from around the world: we publish some twentieth century’s most widely acclaimed authors such as Violette Leduc, as well as compelling and award-winning contemporary writers and artists, including Régis Jauffret, Marco Mancassola, Guillaume Sorel and Fabrice Le Hénanff. Salammbo Press is pleased to seek out thrilling stories for a new generation.