The Emperor, C'est Moi
Hugo Horiot is in love with wheels and all that cranks or turns. He is obsessed with the otherworldly language of pipes—they run, he imagines from his family home to the center of the earth. He causes endless trouble at home and hates school. he muses: "I dream asleep, I dream awake"—but he dreams so hard he shuts out the world with reveries that are not just curious but dangerous and painful too. School is a prison he must escape, his teachers oppressors, and his classmates "a band of jolly torturers." This is the portrait of a boy who might happen to suffer from autism but who is also a beautiful rebel inspired to blaze a path through childhood to find an enduring sense of personal freedom.
About Hugo Horiot
HUGO HORIOT is a young French actor, director, and writer. In 2005, he was admitted in the Theatre du Jour, a French theater academy, where he studied the art of acting with Pierre Debauche. The Emperor, C'est Moi, the narrative of his autism and coming out of it, is his first book. It won him the Prix "Paroles de patients," a French award that recognizes writers writing about disease and healing from it. In 1991, his mother, Françoise Lefèvre, published a book titled Le petit prince cannibale, about his autistic childhood and the way she helped him to grow up. It won her the Prix "Goncourt des lycéens". "I am not cured of Autism," said Horiot, "I have learned to live with it." He lives in Paris. This text was adapted for the stage, with Horiot playing his own character.
Translator LINDA COVERDALE has a Ph.D. in French Studies from the Johns Hopkins University and has translated more than seventy books. A Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, she has won the 2004 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the 2006 Scott Moncrieff Prize, and the 1997 and 2008 French-American Foundation Translation Prize. She lives in Brooklyn.