Male Violence in The 21st Century: The Short Life of Laëtitia, 1992-2011
972 Fifth Ave.
212-650–0070 Price: Free
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Ivan Jablonka will be joined by Cornell University Associate Professor Camille Robcis for a conversation on his bestselling work, Laëtitia ou La fin des hommes, which was awarded in 2016 the prestigious Medicis and Le Monde prizes, as well as “Le Prix des prix”.
In this wonderful piece of narrative nonfiction inspired by a fait divers, Jablonka delivers a masterful investigation on the figure of Laëtitia that calls upon sociology, journalism, psychology, and justice. He focuses on her volatile childhood–spent bouncing between a violent alcoholic father, a depressive mother, and foster care–on her daily life under the authority of an abusive social worker, and on her dreams for a future that would not come to be.
While accounting for the markers of Laëtitia’s story, Jablonka reveals something much larger about the time we live in, about our values, and the social and political system in which we evolve.