Ivan Jablonka, a boy not male

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Portrait of Ivan Jablonka © Hermance Triay

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The historian and writer Ivan Jablonka questions through his memories and the time of the 70s and 80s, the question of gender.

"A boy like you and me" is published by Editions du Seuil.


Ivan Jablonka

 is convinced of it. We can reconcile social sciences and literary creation, and do the work of a historian while talking about oneself and one's family. Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Paris XIII, Prix Médicis du roman in 2016, Ivan Jablonka does it again with a book devoted to what he calls his “boyhood”, the construction of the masculine through his own career. An often moving investigative story, sometimes funny because sprinkled with self-mockery. This book is also a dive into an era, that of the 70s and 80s, through the prism of a child and a teenager who is built through family and friends, school and vacations, games at recess or in the living room, on TV and songs, the first games of seduction or military service, but also through words and writing."A boy like you and me", by Ivan Jablonka, was published by Editions du Seuil.


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