Daniel Arsand est né en Avignon en 1950. Éditeur de littérature étrangère chez Phébus, il est l’auteur de plusieurs romans : La Province des ténèbres, En silence, Lily, Ivresses du fils et Des chevaux noirs..
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Jo Harfang is nineteen. He has killed a woman – his aunt – and a few men – strangers, lovers. In jail, like an angry vengeful god, he sings the lament of a murderer haunted by the spirits of black horses.
Jo Harfang is the last of a strange, corrupt family line, bound to the city of Roanne, to a moor and a sheepfold. The blood of these ancestors runs in his veins, and the past resurfaces with the sound of pounding hoofs when he evokes the family saga. Unencumbered with children, wives, feelings, these were free men who preferred the company of male lovers and horses: Renaud the bonesetter, Eric the Centaur, Serge the surgeon. It is with Serge, Jo’s grand-father, that the scandal of the four black horses broke out – blood in the sheep pen. A curse then seemed to fall on all the Harfang. In the following generation however, the love that unites Vincent Harfang to Laure Delage appears to defuse the curse. Jo, their only son, a much loved but solitary child, prone to violence, grows up in the claustrophobic atmosphere of the family circle formed by his parents and his aunt. As a teenager, he discovers a passion for horses, learns about his evil ancestors and unleashes his rage. His will be the destiny of a horseman of the apocalypse, riding around the world, spreading destruction.
Daniel Arsand’s novel is a spellbinding family saga, a unique, hallucinated tale - a black comet.
Daniel Arsand was born in Avignon in 1950. He works as an editor at Phébus, where he is in charge of foreign literature. He is the author of several novels, including: La Province des ténèbres, En silence, Lily and Ivresses du fils.