Appointment Thursday, February 28 at 19h for a meeting with Philippe Joanny around his novel at Grasset "How it all started".
The book: Paris, rue d'Austerlitz, 1979. At the Hôtel de Bourgogne, life flows, punctuated by the comings and goings of customers, neighbors, employees: Mr. Boulanger, occupant for life of the hotel, Maria, chambermaid wife of a robber, girls who poke around the corner, Jacky, bartender at the famous cabaret of travestis Chez Michou ... Complexed by her weight, angry, Annick is holding her hotel as she can and her husband, Gerard, an alcoholic and racist brute who fucks everything that moves. Not to mention his children, Rémi and then the elder, whom she calls Jean de la Lune. This one is not the son hoped, still elsewhere, not in the nails, this boy who dreams of becoming a cheerleader ... A Wednesday of September, at lunch time, the police embark the boss for procuring. He sees his mother getting into the salad basket. It's the click. The end of childhood. His father, become a groupie of Jean-Marie Le Pen, the son hates him so much that he wishes and plans his death. How to do when we discover that we are not in the standard imposed virile and that at the same time homosexuality becomes synonymous with "gay cancer", AIDS? How to face the homophobia of the time? How to build when one does not ask what will be his life, but what will his death look like? The moving and terrible painting of a pivotal period, whose dramas intersect those of a teenager like no other. And a shocking child's voice, its poignant and, in spite of everything, vital change. Grasset. 256p
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