Books: our summer choice

Capital of Lyon offers you a selection of regional authors to keep you on vacation. Suspense, football nostalgia, art or relatively simple slices of life … Often, as a common thread, this unconditional love of the French language.


A theater and cat investigation…

Sophie Chabanel’s career is one… After successfully completing her studies and earning her diploma from HEC, this Lyonnaise has held senior business positions for a while.

But he did not find enough meaning or interest in it. Then he turned to worldly association and, above all, writing. We are not very big but more satisfying …

He is the author of Abuse of literature recounting his experience within the social Samu, in Lyon. And a series of police investigations led by Commissioner Romano, owner of a particularly dangerous cat specimen.

The cat tragedy is the fourth novel in this series. For the record, even if the book takes place in Lille, it was written in Lyon during his imprisonment and was inspired by the theater of Célestins, which was carefully reviewed by Sophie Chabanel.

It all started when the star actor died in a theatrical troupe crushed by a large piece of the scene, in the middle of a performance by Those who prayed, by Aeschylus. The accident thesis should prevail. If the strong commissioner is not determined to dismiss it, convinced that it is a planned assassination …

Who has an interest in seeing the charismatic actor disappear in this way despite his name (Véran)? The disturbed far left followers of cancel the culture or far right identities? Her lying liberated and genuinely jealous mistress? His brother was so Catholic that he tore the side of their dying mother’s bed? Roman leaves no stone untouched and leads us into different circles. It continues to be suspended and paints a picture of humor and fairness in our society.

The cat tragedy – Sophie Chabanel, Editions du Seuil, Cadre Noir collection, 304 p. € 19.


A football trahicomedy

For everyone old enough to see it, the France-Germany meeting, in the semi-finals of the football world cup in Seville in 1982, remains a painful memory.

A legendary game and an unfair loss that left a lasting mark on a generation of football enthusiasts.

Didier Tronchet, writer and author of comic strips from Lyon, is one of them. As a young man at the time, he had developed a sense of injustice and extreme frustration.

Until the day that, four decades later, watching videos of the game for the 15th time, a detail that escaped everyone’s eyes jumped on him (we won’t disclose it to keep the suspension). Intrigued, overly excited by a discovery he considered capital, he decided to conduct the investigation with his close friend, a journalist at L’Équipe. And he made a novel out of it, The ghosts of Seville.

That is the story of a whole series of extraordinary adventures, more or less invented but always believable, according to the author and his sidekick, from Switzerland to the Netherlands, to meet those who first protagonists of the season: Michel Platini and Michel Hidalgo, Patrick Battiston, Harald Schumacher…

These unique adventures are told with a humor and gentleness that makes reading the novel unstoppable. Whether or not a spectator is in this cursed game.

The ghosts of Seville – Didier Tronchet, The Bear Pit, 160 p., € 18.


Quesaco ouroboros?

The fourth issue of the journal The Ouroboros (the word refers to the snake that bites its own tail) appeared. Sure you have to pay 25 euros to get it. But the quality of – many – the images produced, the neat layout and the value of the texts make this a true work of art.

The fields of investigation of the journal are thus defined on the first pages: literature, poetry, philosophy, visual arts, comics, cinema, photography, theater, music, psychology, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, ethnology, anthropology, mythology and militant works.

The review led by Odile Nguyen-Schoendorff contains an interesting study by her brother Max Schoendorff (a man of culture and artist above all, who died in 2012). Also a report on the Hopi Indians.

Among other topics examined. “Don’t bark with the wolves of liberal democracy, nor with the stupid ideology of living together”is the will of the animators The Ouroboros. Their approach deserves support.

The Ouroboros – Revue-dard n ° 4, 216 p., € 25.


Promising beginnings …

A young writer from Lyon, Mathieu Bermann came to our attention Made-to-measure darts and A night stand followed by In Marin’s bed.

Short novels which share, with talent and precision, the romantic feelings, but not only, of modern young men. We saw this art of examining the psyches in his latest work.

But this time, homosexual love is not what the writer is relying on. He was interested in the case of a very young four-and-a-half-year-old child (at the age of half a year counting!) Whose mother, no more than the father for that matter, cared very little. . And who are some of his grandparents.

It is here that the narrator of the novel, by observing this “difficult” child, his whims, his bad games, his turmoil, gradually comes to understand him.

A bond developed between the writer and the boy. A real love too because Mathieu Bermann painted a moving picture of the child. Where we see how a lack of love and attention endangers his future. And how the first four years of its existence, in which the writer returned with small touches, in the literal sense of the term, first.

A start in life – Mathieu Bermann, POL edition, 176 p., € 18.


Notebooks of a walker

In his latest book, How far is the town, Fabienne Swiatly took us to Lyon. Not that he didn’t first explain to us, in a brief introduction, how he found himself in this town.

For reasons that mix, like most, professional necessity and love life. In any case, he was able to fully observe the city and (d) write down the feelings that arose in him according to the neighborhoods, explored at the length of only one useful course, the walk.

And it wasn’t just tourist Lyon he was checking out. But what is behind the screen clichés.

At the opera, for example, he not only notices the architectural enthusiasm (which Lyon always lacks) but the way it goes every night on its esplanade. “Young men dance in the urban saga – tight movements that nonetheless lift them off the ground”. He found the right words to also awaken these women who were waiting behind the sun visor while waiting to place their bodies in the service of the men.

And who, “between the two passes, will exchange news in the Fulani language about their children or the difficult end of the month”. In each of the short texts that make up this collection, he recreates the image but also the people who nest there.

How far is the town – Fabienne Swiatly, Clos Jouve editions, 64 p., € 19.


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