Birth of a BridgeFront Cover

ISBN: 9780889228894 | paperback / softback

$16.95 | 256 pages | Pub. Date: 2014
8.5 W × 5 H × 1 D inches
Fiction | Backlist | Bisac: FIC019000
ISBN 13: 9780889228894 | Rights: WORLD

From one of the most exciting novelists writing in France today comes Birth of a Bridge – the story of a handful of men and women of various backgrounds and classes, who assemble around the construction of a giant suspension bridge in Coca, a fictional city somewhere in a mythical and fantastic California.

Told on a sweeping scale reminiscent of classic American adventure films, this Médicis Prize–winning novel chronicles the lives of these individuals, who represent a microcosm of not just mythic California, but of humanity as a whole. Their collective effort to complete (or oppose) the mega-project recounts one of the oldest of human dramas, to domesticate – and to radically transform – our world through built form, with all the dramatic tension it brings: a threatened strike, an environmental dispute, sabotage, accidents, career moves, and love affairs … Here generations and social classes cease to exist, and everyone and everything converges toward the bridge as metaphor, a cross-cultural impression of America today.

De Kerangal’s writing has been widely praised for its scope, originality, and use of language. Her rich prose plays with different registers (from the most highly literary to the most colloquial slang) as well as speed and tension through grammatical ellipsis and elision. She employs a huge vocabulary and invents new relationships between words in a completely innovative use of language.

Winner 2010 Médicis Prize

Winner 2010 Franz Hessel Prize

By Maylis de Kerangal

Maylis de Kerangal is the author of several novels in French: Je marche sous un ciel de traîne (2000), La vie voyageuse (2003), Corniche Kennedy (2008), and Naissance d’un pont (translated here as Birth of a Bridge, winner of the Franz Hessel Prize and the Médicis Prize in 2010).

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Translated by Jessica Moore

Jessica Moore is an author and a translator. She is a former Lannan writer-in-residence, a Banff International Literary Translation Centre fellow, and she is VP for Ontario for the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada.

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news | 2016-06-17
Two new reviews of Mend the Living

…in English as Mend the Living ($19.95) and Birth of a Bridge ($16.95). …


news | 2016-01-20
A look at what’s coming this spring

…Moore (the same remarkable team that brought us Birth of a Bridge), is the gripping story, taking place within …


news | 2015-02-16
Birth of a Bridge a “Frontrunner” in Competition for Best Translated Book Award 2015

Birth of a Bridge is up for Three Percent’s Best Translated Book … Award of 2015! Maylis de Kerangal’s Birth of a Bridge (2014, translated by Jessica Moore), is a … journal of translated literature, Three Percent), Birth of a Bridge has been included on the list of frontrunners … voice (in admirable translation) We wish Birth of a Bridge all the best in this competition! …


news | 2015-02-13
Book Review: Birth of a Bridge in the Bull Calf

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news | 2015-02-06
Book Review: Birth of a Bridge in Three Percent

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news | 2015-01-26
Book Review: Birth of a Bridge in the Vancouver Sun

…Farrant reviewed Maylis de Kerangal’s novel Birth of a Bridge (translated by Jessica Moore) last weekend. She … “French novelist explores mythic themes in ‘Birth of a Bridge’” …


news | 2015-01-07
Our Best of 2014, According to the Year-End Lists

…(see here), and third on the list is the novel Birth of a Bridge by Maylis de Kerangal (translated by Jessica …


news | 2014-11-13
Launched! Our Fall 2014 “Septuplets”

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news | 2014-11-10
Book Review: Birth of a Bridge in the Wall Street Journal

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news | 2014-11-05
T-Minus One Week to Talon’s Fall 2014 Launch!

…will read from the only novel on the roster: Birth of a Bridge, which she translated from French to English. …