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Publication in France:
01 February 2018

336 pages

The Insouciant Ones

Julien Dufresne-Lamy

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They are the blessed children. The anointed ones. They nickname themselves the Insouciant Ones.

A band of bourgeois teenagers lead a peaceful existence in the Arcachon basin. Justine arrives from Alsace with her mother, who has found a job with a local dignitary. She meets Théo, the family’s youngest son, and quickly becomes part of his clan.
Justine recounts everything about these happy years, including the rituals, the gang, the ocean, the insouciant lifestyle, the secret parties and the indulgent worldly parents.
But one morning a tragedy occurs on the beach and the Indifferent Ones are definitely responsible for it.
The gang has descended into brutality.
This gripping and incisive new novel from Julien Dufresne-Lamy paints the portrait of a group of youths who are as cruel as they are precocious.


Julien Dufresne-Lamy is thirty years old and lives in Paris. Following on from Dans ma tête, je m’appelle Alice (Stock, 2012), Mauvais joueurs (Actes Sud junior, 2016) and Deux cigarettes dans le noir (Belfond, 2016), Les Indifférents is his fourth novel.

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