This is the story of a man who becomes younger. There is no reason for it and he does not want it.
Patrick Langevin is 40 years old, he is a great Parisian lawyer, he has a wife and a 18 years old daughter. Workoholic, brilliant and charming, he cheats on his wife, without passion, and with a certain frenzy.
One night, he accompanies his daughters’ young friend and cannot resist her. When he wakes up, he looks like 25 in his bathroom’s mirror. This sudden change does not surprise him, does not make him happy or anxious. Since a long time, nothing really surprises Langevin. He tells his friends and relatives that it had been plastic surgery. The worst is that everybody believes him.
But having got youth and beauty, his troubles start. His clients do not trust him any more, women do not look at him, his wife ignores him and his daughter has fun. Langevins’ live changes. He leaves Paris for Italy, where he meets a young and pretty barmaid. And then he will suddenly loose another ten years and discover himself being a 15 years old adolescent. Of course, this is just the beginning of the story…
Born in 1962, Jean-Marc Parisis has published three novels at Grasset : La Mélancolie des fast-foods (1987), Le Lycée des artistes (1992, prix de la Vocation), Depuis toute la vie (2000), and a biographie of illustrator Reiser. His last book Renvoi d’ascenseur has been published in 2003 (La Table Ronde). Physique is his fourth novel.