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Philippe Delerm: "It's Sempé!"


FIGAROVOX/TRIBUNE - The writer pays tribute to the inventor of Petit Nicolas, who died on August 11, and to his moralistic view of the world: that of a tireless observer, full of empathy while remaining very lucid, and of great poetic power.

Author of dozens of critically acclaimed books including The First Sip of Beer and Other Tiny Pleasures (Gallimard), Philippe Delerm recently published

New York without New York

(Seuil, 2022, 208 p., €17).

It was a few days ago, just the day Jean-Jacques Sempé left us.

I was walking on the beach, on the hard sand, at the edge of the waves.

In front of me, I saw three walkers, let's say in their sixties, real dynamic walkers, with walking sticks and that implacability that one reserves for a sport practiced between girlfriends, but not for fun.

The breath not so short they evoked with a kind of greedy compassion the physical ailments of others, probably their relatives, in any case humans that one could pity, but who had perhaps not quite deserved the condition. physics of stick walkers.

After they passed, I couldn't help bursting out laughing and exclaiming, "That's incredibly Sempé!"

From Sempe…

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Source: lefigaro

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