13 December 2009
Francophones: il faut que vous lisiez Le pays òu la mort est moin chére
Eleven short stories.
Eleven shots right in the jaw. Eleven wake up calls. Violent, intense, lyrical, the subjects range from steroid martyr Ben Johnson to bitter officers curdling with jealousy. 9'79" in particular is like a long thumping riff on hunger, ambition, and the limits of the flesh.
Other characters in other stories howl into full blooded life: petty theives, scheming military officers, playing their roles in Belgrade, Vilnius and a shadowy, muscular Paris far removed from postcard clichés.
You'll enjoy this book even if, like me, you've got a handle on French but aren't necessarily fluent.
(Plus, she says it's good, and she has impeccable taste.)
Publisher's web site
The French Amazon