Death at 42 of Joseph Ponthus, author of “A la ligne”

The writer Joseph Pontus, known for his novel On line – Factory slips, just died of cancer at the age of 42.

The writer Joseph Ponthus, revealed by his novel “A la ligne – Feuillets plant”, an account taken from his experience as a temporary worker in the agri-food industry in Brittany, has died at the age of 42, announced Wednesday at AFP Editions of the Round Table.

He died of cancer, the publishing house said on its Twitter account.

He leaves behind a novel published in 2019 which had revealed it to the general public. On line – Factory slips, a powerful story, had received two literary awards: the Grand Prix RTL-Lire and the Prix Eugène-Dabit for the populist novel.

Factory and Slaughterhouse

Text without punctuation which reads like a song or an enraged poem on the working conditions, on what men and animals undergo, “A la ligne” is a book which makes the voice of those who are most often deprived of it heard. .

Originally from Reims, Joseph Ponthus had arrived in Brittany to follow his companion there after higher studies in his hometown and a life as a specialist educator in the Paris region.

For lack of employment up to his diplomas, the factory had imposed itself on him “while waiting for a real job”. Temporary worker, forced to thank you for his hours, he will work first in a fish and shrimp processing plant then in a slaughterhouse.

“It’s a mental, physical explosion. You had to write just after that, to remember a little of those memories,” he delivered in 2019 in The Great Bookstore on France 5.

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