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Asphalt by Matthieu Zaccagna: breathless

2022-01-19T15:25:19.250Z

CRITICISM - A first novel not to be missed, a disarming accuracy of words. It starts with a loud breath. A teenager rushes into Paris. “Three inhales, three exhales.” It's almost mechanical. He clenches his teeth, his fingers are sweaty, his throat burns. It is not a simple exercise. A jogging. Her bruised thighs hurt her, her knees the same. He suffers to vomit, yet he does not stop. It's as if his life depended on it. “I spoil the pain.” Victor, that's his name, says h



It starts with a loud breath.

A teenager rushes into Paris.

“Three inhales, three exhales.”

It's almost mechanical.

He clenches his teeth, his fingers are sweaty, his throat burns.

It is not a simple exercise.

A jogging.

Her bruised thighs hurt her, her knees the same.

He suffers to vomit, yet he does not stop.

It's as if his life depended on it.

“I spoil the pain.”

Victor, that's his name, says he

"runs"

, but he's not running after something, no, he's running away.

He is pursued, even haunted...

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Everything goes very quickly in this first novel.

Reader's questions first.

What is Victor fleeing from?

What happened?

Why is he alone?

Then the language.

Matthieu Zaccagna's writing is fast, full of endorphin, nervous.

The words strike like a runaway's foot on asphalt.

Little or no time to breathe.

The text is raw, the pages are black.

The ink turns into tar.

We are companions of pain and Victor confides his suffering.

"Dad…

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