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Five books to offer for Christmas by Augustin Trapenard


The presenter of La Grande Librairie, on France 5, tells us about his favorites, the books he has planned to slip under the tree of his relatives.

The Spy Who Loved Books

, by John le Carré

A former financier opens a bookstore in a Suffolk seaside resort and creates an ideal library in the basement that contains the greatest masterpieces.

John le Carré obliges, this posthumous book gives pride of place to espionage and the secret services since the Second World War.

But what I preferred was this literary, or rather bookish, prism.

I see it as a form of will.

In my opinion, a great writer always speaks, more or less indirectly, of the passion to read.

(Trans. Isabelle Perrin/Le Seuil).

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Sleeping Children,

by Anthony Passeron

In this striking first novel, the author recounts, forty years after the events, the mad epic of scientific research on AIDS and the disease until the death of his uncle Désiré, a drug addict, which indirectly affected his whole family.

This text interests me because it tackles AIDS through a new angle, that of a youth trapped by drugs and AIDS, in families and territories that are hardly ever spoken about.

For me, the beauty of a book also lies in its way of making the silences speak.



Human, too human

, by Catherine Meurisse

Catherine Meurisse is a great author.

We notice it in all his albums, comic strips or graphic novels: his prism is literary.

Through drawings published in Philosophie Magazine, she offers here gateways to literature and thought.

And, in these plates that are often hilarious to tears, we see Proust and Montaigne, Simone de Beauvoir or Roland Barthes appear… What touches me is that his drawings always refer to writing: you can't get over it!



Le Muguet rouge

, by Christian Bobin

I really met an author when I interviewed him.

Dreamy, poetic as hell and always exciting.

This book is on the edge of dreamlike narrative and poetry, precisely.

Rather than offer a summary of it, let's say that I was struck by the ghosts that haunt and feed it.

Ghosts of his own life and literary ghosts like Gérard de Nerval.

The book opens and closes with hallucinations that stayed with me for a long time after closing it.



May we give them chaos

, by Kae Tempest

Kae Tempest writes contemporary solitude like no other.

This long poem, in a bilingual edition, with an impressive translation, is entirely focused on the present, the urgency and the madness of cities.

Through the fate of broken London characters, often left behind, who will find in beautiful and forbidden escapes a resistance to everything, immediately and to the theater of consumption.

(trans. Louise Bartlett, D'de Kabal, L'Arche)


Source: lefigaro

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