Readers’ Grand Prize: October 2020

Readers' Grand Prize: October 2020

By putting words to our fears, our lives, our sorrows and our desires, books save us. In these troubled times, our jurors show themselves with unfailing enthusiasm and probity. In the “Novel” category, they voted for the magnificent “Fille” by Camille Laurens. They recognized themselves and saw their struggles, their strength and their magnificent weaknesses in the life of Laurence, the heroine – daughter, woman, mother – of this ultra-contemporary novel. Paradoxically, it is in the “Document” section that this month’s change of scenery will be lodged: under the pretext of a family investigation, “The Hunting Accident” takes us to Chicago in the middle of the last century and talks about secrets. , mafia, and Dante’s “Hell”… This sumptuous graphic novel, inspired by real events, won over our jurors. On the “Policeman” side, finally, Patrick Bauwen ends the trilogy started in 2017 with “Le Jour du chien”; “Devil’s Hour” thrilled fans of chills and unpredictable psychopaths. How good it is to tremble for falsehood!

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The novel


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“Laurence was born a girl at the end of the 1950s. She drags the guilt of not being the expected boy until the birth of her daughter, who finally frees her from this weight. Camille Laurens takes us into the life of Laurence, who evolves in the midst of strong but submissive women. The men are absent, domineering, violent, rapists. Laurence saw successive dramas, which annihilate her. She gets up on her own or thanks to the women in her family, but you have to keep a low profile, not to disturb, not to make waves, to tell no one… In contrast, her daughter’s freedom surprises her, the inconvenient, questions him. Little by little, she understands, then she adheres and frees herself… finally. This story is my story, that of my friend Laurence, that of my friends, those of women born in the 1960s. “Fille” is a feminist and feminist novel. Camille Laurens’ writing is direct, incisive, dynamic and refined. This novel is read in one go. Unmissable! »Catherine Malleret

“GIRL”, by Camille Laurens (Gallimard, 240 p.).

The document


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“At the opening of“ The Hunting Accident ”, it is first of all the incredible beauty of Landis Blair’s pen drawings that impresses. To amateurs of French comics, it will remind the sinuosity and the virtuosity of the designer David B., author, in the years 1990, of “The rise of the high evil”. Inspired by real events, David L. Carlson’s screenplay turns out to be as stunning as its imagery. The reader is then torn between the temptation to turn the pages quickly to learn about the fate of Matt Rizzo, a small Chicago strike, initiated into things of the mind during a stay in prison, and that of suspending the advance in the plot in order to admire the thoroughness and density of the drawing. Like all the masterpieces of the graphic novel, “L’Accident de Chasse” therefore encourages multiple re-readings. Thanks to the authors, Matt Rizzo, who dreamed of becoming a writer, was transformed into a magnificent American hero. It will live on library shelves for a long time. »Lucie Bondeau

“L’ACCIDENT DE CHASSE”, by David L. Carlson and Landis Blair, translated from English by Julie Sibony (Sonatine Éditions, 472 p.).

The policeman

L-Devil's Hour

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L-Devil’s Hour

“The devil’s hour will be when you open this book!” Once started, it’s hard to let go … And yet, I was a little apprehensive about this Chris Kovak, who had already experienced adventures without me in two novels featuring him. And I discover him all dented, agoraphobic, addicted to morphine … An antihero to which we immediately become attached. The Evangelical squad, in charge of metro crimes, is thrown into a treasure hunt where all its members seem like pawns. When a young woman is struck by a train in the Paris suburbs, the suspicion of suicide quickly turns into the certainty of homicide. In the background: behourd (a medieval combat sport), Kovak’s childhood and his family secrets, the construction of fake news, an esoteric society … The police team, well balanced, with calibrated characters, is at the service of a dynamic story. Patrick Bauwen knew how to seduce me and close his trilogy in an intelligent and touching way. ”

“L’HEURE DU DIABLE”, by Patrick Bauwen (Albin Michel, 473 p.).

This month, our jury of readers also discovered “The Last Little One”, by Fatima Daas (ed Noir sur Blanc), “Chavirer”, by Lola Lafon (Actes Sud), “Rumeurs d’Amérique”, by Alain Mabanckou (Plon) and “The Lost Village”, by Camilla Sten (Seuil).


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