David Thomas is the master of the snapshot: these micro-stories are moments in which life is frozen in all its tragedy or comedy – deep down, what does it matter.
A man refuses to kiss a woman, thinking it is up to her to take the initiative. Two former lovers meet on the street and can’t think of anything to say to each other. A man steals a roast joint in a moment of madness.
Absurd? Tender? Peculiar? Indebted to the likes of Félix Fénéon (specialist of the three-line short story) or Anna Gavalda, this extraordinarily engaging book cannot help but delight those who like to laugh until they cry.
Born in Paris in 1966, David Thomas is the author of La Patience des buffles sous la pluie (Winner of the 2009 newcomer prize from the Fondation Prince-Pierre-de-Monaco), which sold very successfully including in the Livre de Poche format (more than 15,000 copies sold). He then had two books published by Albin Michel: Un silence de clairière (Winner of the 2011 French Orange Prize and the 2012 Prix Louis-Barthou from the Académie française), and Je n’ai pas fini de regarder le monde.
Une femme n’a de plaisir que si on lui lit du Pierre Louÿs pendant l’amour. Deux anciens amants se rencontrent sur le trottoir et n’ont plus rien à se dire.
Un homme vole un rôti comme un acte de folie. Absurde ? Tendre ? Décalé ? Ce livre d’un charme fou ne pourra que séduire celles et ceux qui préfèrent le rire aux larmes.