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Hell’s Gate

Laurent Gaudé
Publisher: Gallic Books
10th April 2017

A haunting and captivating story about love, loss, revenge and redemption from the winner of the Prix Goncourt 2004.

Neapolitan taxi driver Matteo and his wife Giuliana are torn apart by grief when their six-year-old son Pippo is killed by gangsters’ crossfire on his way to school. Half-mad with despair, Giuliana gives her husband an ultimatum: to either murder his killer, or bring her son back. And when Matteo fails to shoot the gangster, Giuliana deserts him. Crippled by grief, Matteo is left alone to roam the streets in his empty taxi.

One night, a chance encounter leads Matteo to a peculiar professor who claims to know a path to the underworld, right there in Naples. Could it be possible to bring Pippo back from the dead? Matteo is determined to try, but the underworld does not give up its victims without a fight…

Praise for Laurent Gaudé
‘Gaudé writes…with an elegiac, almost hypnotic rhythm’ Sunday Telegraph

‘A rich canvas’ Publisher’s Weekly

‘Bewitching’ San Francisco Chronicle

‘Captivating…unforgettable characters’ ELLE

‘Laurent Gaudé, the master craftsman, keeps us in suspense all the way through’ Le Monde 

About the Author
Born in 1972, Laurent Gaudé is one of France’s most highly respected playwrights and novelists. In 2002 he won the Prix Goncourt des lycéens and in 2003 the Prix des Libraires for La Mort du roi Tsongor. Two years later, he won the Prix Goncourt and the Prix Jean Giono for his bestseller Le Soleil des Scorta, which has been published in 34 countries. In a survey by leading French trade magazine Livres Hebdo, Hell’s Gate was chosen by booksellers as the highlight of 676 books published in the 2008 rentrée litteraire.