L'homme qui marche
Yves Bichet, dans ce neuvième roman, dresse le portrait de personnages ardents et silencieux qui, debout sous les rafales, nous rappellent que la liberté est une folie joyeuse.
- Paru le 02/01/2014
- Genre : Littérature française
- 176 pages - 140 x 205 mm
- EAN : 9782715234635
- ISBN : 9782715234635
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Long-listed for the Prix Femina 2014
« A former monitor in the agricultural college in Embrun (High Alps), vagrant by passion and by gloom, tough by duty, cuckold by carelessness, striding and fugitive. »
That is the Robert Coublevie’s self-portrait. A social outcast, he is a hobo. His life changed dramatically when his wife went away five years ago. Since, he walks with his female dog on the crest between France and Italy, above the village of Briançon. He never crosses the frontier, nor he goes down the Italian side. When he doesn’t spend the night in the mountain, he sleeps in some disused locals in the village, where he also has habits at the local bar, « Le Café du Nord ».
There he can find Sylvain Taliano, the owner, Camille, his daughter, Tapenade, the barfly, Mounir, the taciturn bartender. Their life seems well-ordered, without any unexpected event. But only until Tissot’s arrival, a « stranger » with the peculiarity of being a customs officer. Soon enough, Tissot is found dead… Is it an accident or a murder ? With his usual detachment, Robert Coublevie will investigate and discover heavy family secrets. Must he reveal them or take the justice into his own hands ?
Under the sign of an omnipresent nature in half-light shades, Yves Bichet describes a closed world. Among these rough and silent characters arises the amazing Robert Coublevie, the heavenly hobo whose figure enlightens the novel and makes a lasting impression.
Yves Bichet wrote numerous collections of poems and novels, including Resplandy (2010).