Cendrillon

Cendrillon
Cendrillon
Parution : 
22/08/2007
Collection : 
La Bleue

Laurent Dahl runs away, leaving behind his wife, children, London flat and servants. His dazzling rise in investment business has just ended in bankruptcy, making him lose several billions of dollars.

With weapons hidden in the boot of his car, Patrick Neftel speeds along towards a television studio to accomplish the radical and desperate gesture that will at last give him the feeling that he exists.

Thierry Trockel is driving his wife to an isolated manor house in the outskirts of Munich, where they are to meet a couple they contacted through the internet.

Through these three characters, Éric Reinhardt, author of Moral des ménages, pursues his critical observation of the contemporary middle-classes and reveals the brutality of a world that incarnates itself in the plight of traders drunk with victory, social success’s castoffs, submissive and humiliated parents, angry teenagers, greedy and ambitious youths. It shows a society stuck between arrogant and dilapidated celebrities and leftist intellectuals contemptuous of those that society rejects.

Well documented, precise and captivating, Cendrillon, or in English Cinderella, is the novel we were waiting for; a novel about our globalised world. We get caught up by the perilous gambles of speculators and the vertiginous mechanics of investment business. We fearfully slide into the intimacy of a young, lost man who dreams of being a killer.

Reinhardt’s is a powerful and cruel tale, yet in his book the taste for happiness always counterbalances the reigning brutality. Through the evocation of the arousing attraction of red-heads, the grace of the Opera’s ballerinas, as well as Mallarmé’s poetry, the author celebrates the magic of his favorite season, autumn. The most dazzling pages of the novel, however, are devoted to the queenly figure of Margot, whose love can on its own lift the weight of fatality.

At the end of the journey that it sets forth, Cinderella, novel of passion and war in which laughter is bitter but tears joyful, becomes the most moving of novels.

Éric Reinhardt was born in Nancy in 1965. He works and lives in Paris where he publishes art books. He is the author of Demi-sommeil (Actes Sud, 1998), Moral des ménages (Stock, 2002) and Existence (Stock, 2004).

C’est un livre d’amour. C’est un livre d’amour dédié à une saison, l’automne. C’est un livre d’amour et de guerre sur la mondialisation, les dérives du capitalisme moderne.
Laurent Dahl prend la fuite, abandonnant femme, enfants, appartement londonien et domestiques. Son ascension fulgurante dans une société d’investissements vient de s’achever en faillite. 
Patrick Neftel roule à vive allure vers un studio de télévision, des armes cachées dans le coffre de sa voiture, pour accomplir le geste radical et désespéré qui lui donnera enfin le sentiment d’exister. 
Thierry Trockel conduit son épouse vers un manoir isolé aux environs de Munich. Ils doivent y retrouver un couple rencontré sur Internet. 
À travers ces trois personnages issus d’une classe moyenne toujours malmenée par l’auteur du Moral des ménages, c’est la société dans toute sa rudesse qui se révèle : traders bourrés de cocaïne, laissés pour compte de la promotion sociale, parents soumis et humiliés, adolescents rageurs, jeunes gens avides et ambitieux, arrogance et dégradation des people, mépris des intellectuels de gauche pour les déclassés. 
Cendrillon est le roman que l’on attendait sur notre monde, un monde qui agonise et ressuscite d’un marché financier à l’autre : documenté, précis, captivant. On se passionne pour les paris périlleux des spéculateurs qui jouent avec l’argent des autres, au risque de tout perdre.
594 pages
Format :
135 x 215 mm
EAN : 
9782234058149
Prix : 
24.35 €

L'auteur

Eric Reinhardt

Reinhardt
Éric Reinhardt est l’auteur de cinq romans, parmi lesquels Le moral des ménages (2002), Cendrillon (2007) et Le système Victoria (2011), tous parus chez Stock. Élisabeth ou l’Équité, créée au théâtre du Rond-Point en novembre 2013,...