Isabelle Jarry est l’auteur de nombreux ouvrages : romans, récits, biographies. Après L’Archange perdu, J’ai nom sans bruit, La Traversée du désert, ce nouveau livre est son neuvième roman.
THE VOICE OF LOVED ONES
In early summer, Céleste meets up with Paul whom she has not seen for fifteen years.
He was her philosophy teacher, she was his young mistress for three years.
Paul is very ill. Knowing he will not survive, he asks Céleste to come and spend a few days with him in the country. He also asks her to tell him a love story. Céleste describes an affair she had in Vietnam, some years earlier, with a fisherman named Hoang. As Céleste gradually reveals this romance, Paul actually relives their passionate love affair. In the idle silence of summer days, the two characters are locked together with the ghosts of their past love. The relationship between Céleste and Hoang interweaves with Paul and Céleste’s, drawing comparisons and confusing similarities in a play of mirrors in which each tries to find his or her lost connections.
Amid the tension maintained by the pressures of Paul’s illness, and aware both how little time they have and how increasingly intimate they have become, the two characters are caught up in the same intense emotions that first brought them together. Seduction, the language of love, dependence, break-ups, physical passion, danger and excess, age differences, cultural divides… these are the themes around which Céleste and Paul revolve, he as a Spinoza-following philosopher, she as a woman exalted by love.
Isabelle Jarry has written numerous books: novels, factual accounts and biographies. After L’Archange perdu, J’ai nom sans bruit and La Traversée du désert, this is her ninth novel.