How do the parents of a 19-year-old, fatally injured in a car crash, contemplate his heart pumping but his brain dying? Worse still, how to confront the fact Simon is being kept (mechanically) alive so his organs may be “harvested” to service a new host body?

Maylis de Kerangal’s eight novel Mend the Living (Réparer les vivants) has won several literary prizes in France and been translated into 20 languages. The Finnish and French versions of the book can be found at our library!