Les liens défaits
One day, Christophe lets go. He cannot take it any longer; life has worn him down. Yet he has everything he could possibly dream of: friends, a steady job and a family. Why does he cut himself off from the world and reality?
The narrator knew Christophe while they were at university. They shared a passion for football, strong relationships, going out and travelling. While looking for an explication of Christophe’s case, he recomposes the events of the last couple of years. By recounting the tragic story of his friend, he gives an outline of a disillusioned generation, the post-68 generation. It witnessed the years of Mitterrand, the end of communism, the attacks of capitalism, and, nowadays, lets itself win over by an all-present cynicism. September 11, 2001 shook the world, fear invaded the planet and isolation multiplied itself. Today, more than ever before, it is “one for one and all against all”. Some do not survive.
Christian Authier was born in 1969 in a Parisian suburb. He lives in Toulouse where he works as a journalist. He has published five essays, among which Le nouvel ordre sexuel (Bartillat, 2002) and À l’est d’Eastwood (La Table Ronde, 2003), and a successful first novel, Enterrement de vie de garçon (Stock, 2004).