The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal
The human organ at the center of it all, around which so much is attributed. The love, the imagery, the life – the heart is more than a pulsing muscle. This novel is successful in its ambition to capture everything, from the poetry of the heart to the science around the heart, the anatomy of the heart, the ability of a heart to be farmed and transplanted and then give life again. THE HEART follows the journey of one Simone’s heart and then the tragedy of his death and all the emotion around the donation of his heart to another. It is a stirring and sorrowful book that is very thought provoking. A totally original novel.
About The Heart
Just before dawn on a Sunday morning, three teenage boys go surfing. While driving home exhausted, the boys are involved in a fatal car accident on a deserted road. Two of the boys are wearing seat belts; one goes through the windshield. The doctors declare him brain-dead shortly after arriving at the hospital, but his heart is still beating.
Maylis de Kerangal’s The Heart takes place over the twenty-four hours surrounding the resulting heart transplant, as life is taken from a young man and given to a woman close to death. In gorgeous, ruminative prose, it examines the deepest feelings of everyone involved as they navigate decisions of life and death.
As stylistically audacious as it is emotionally explosive, The Heart mesmerized readers in France, where it has been hailed as the breakthrough work of a new literary star. With the precision of a surgeon and the language of a poet, de Kerangal has made a major contribution to both medicine and literature with an epic tale of grief, hope, and survival.