Constellation by Adrien Bosc

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Echoing such classics as Thornton Wilder’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Ernest K. Gann’s Fate Is the Hunter, the book dramatizes the flight and its aftermath. And the author’s metacommentary transforms the narrative into a profound meditation on the far-reaching interconnectedness of tragic events.
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This best-selling debut novel from one of France’s most exciting young writers is based on the true story of the 1949 disappearance of Air France’s Lockheed Constellation and its famous passengers
 
On October 27, 1949, Air France’s new plane, the Constellation, launched by the extravagant Howard Hughes, welcomed thirty-eight passengers aboard. On October 28, no longer responding to air traffic controllers, the plane disappeared while trying to land on the island of Santa Maria, in the Azores. No one survived.
            The question Adrien Bosc’s novel asks is not so much how, but why? What were the series of tiny incidents that, in sequence, propelled the plane toward Redondo Mountain? And who were the passengers? As we recognize Marcel Cerdan, the famous boxer and lover of Edith Piaf, and we remember the musical prodigy Ginette Neveu, whose tattered violin would be found years later, the author ties together their destinies: “Hear the dead, write their small legend, and offer to these thirty-eight men and women, like so many constellations, a life and a story.”
 

About Adrien Bosc

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Adrien Bosc was born in 1986 in Avignon. Constellation, the winner of the prestigious Grand Prix du roman de l’academie francaise and a best seller in France, is his first novel.Willard Wood is the translator of Yannick Grannec’s The Goddess of Small Victories, Jacqueline Raoul-Duval’s Kafka in Love, and Anne Plantagenet’s The Last Rendezvous, among other works. He is a winner of the Lewis Galantière Award for Literary Translation and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Translation. He lives in Connecticut.

Author Residence: Paris, France
 
Published May 10, 2016 by Other Press. 192 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Echoing such classics as Thornton Wilder’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey and Ernest K. Gann’s Fate Is the Hunter, the book dramatizes the flight and its aftermath. And the author’s metacommentary transforms the narrative into a profound meditation on the far-reaching interconnectedness of tragic events.

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