Fifty-something Gabriel Vialle has a double crisis at a turning point in his life: he leaves his difficult partner and is told of his mother’s sudden death. Shut away at home in deliberate isolation while his girlfriend raps obstinately at the door, all the significant incidents in his life flash before his eyes in waves. His father’s death in Formentera, his feral childhood in the Balearics, his youth in the working class quarter of Barcelona. And his awkward, distant relationship with his mother who left to waste her life in swinging London.
Then he leaves everything behind and comes back to his hippy childhood home in Formentera.
David Thomas’s previous books include La patience des buffles sous la pluie (Winner of the 2009 “discovery” prize from the Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco), Un silence de clairière (2011, Prix Louis Barthou de l’Académie française), and On ne va pas se raconter d’histoires (2014, Stock).
Au terme de dix-sept jours d’enfermement, il décide de tout abandonner et revient dans la maison de son enfance hippie, à Formentera.
Mais son retour sera plus brutal que prévu.