Neither essay nor personal account, but borrowing thoughts and feelings from both genres, Seen From Here is intended as an intimate yet universal stroll illuminated by a variety of themes.
It covers the first resistance-fighters, the Algerian war, wine and those who make it, the French language (still very much alive and emotive), football, writers, those who resist technological and commercial advances, contemporary society which seems to find talent only in money, the France of yesterday and today, great figures and ordinary people, heaven and earth…
A sort of manifesto and confession from a writer born in 1969, Seen From Here is a book of memories, in love with the past but not turning its back on the present or the future. This text sketches out endlessly changing French identities and introduces us to proud and gentle characters, to loyalties, dreams and beating hearts, to the eccentrics who don’t tolerate our contemporary gregariousness and to a sometimes dehumanising modernity. This alchemy of paradoxical yet coherent themes is also a homage to the living and the dead, to the spirit of resistance and to friendship that allows us to hope nothing ever truly ends.
Christian Authier is best known for Enterrement de vie de garçon (2004), Les Liens défaits (prix Roger-Nimier, 2006), Deuxièmes séances (2009) and Une certaine fatigue (2012), all published by Stock.