Hell’s Gate is a haunting and captivating story about love, loss, revenge and redemption from one of France’s most highly respected playwrights and novelists, Laurent Gaudé.
To celebrate the publication this month, Gallic Books would like to exclusively offer ten reading groups the opportunity to read and review the book, and pose their questions to the author.
Groups will be asked to return their questions to the author by 30 June. Please log in and complete enter your details below to participate.
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…
About Laurent Gaudé
Born in 1972, Laurent Gaudé is one of France’s most highly respected playwrights and novelists. 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. Laurent lives in Paris.