Jean-Eric Boulin a trente ans. Il vient de Marseille. Il a publié en 2006 son premier roman, Supplément au roman national.
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Where are the French today? What happened to the very notion of French people? Do we still have a common destiny, indeed, can we still say ‘we’?
These topical, controversial questions are at the heart of Jean-Eric Boulin’s first novel. The nation progressively appears like a huge combination of casts: invisible people and visible people, the have-nots and those who have and hold on to the privileges afforded by our society of the spectacle – the arrogant and blinded cast of the politicians. The cast of the ‘invisibles’ are too weary to organise themselves, to form a group that could fight for its rights, to start the class war instead of becoming deluded by trade and manufactured desires. Kamel Barek and Yann Guillois are amongst those who are tired of the constant humiliation, the web of lies that the French system has created for its immigrants. The anger that surfaces has the colors of the misery that rules over the suburbs: red over grey; it is the anger of the children of the republic, of the françarabe youth, of those who still cherish the memories of the republic’s past fights. This is a France who awaits the providential politician. There are no clans, no issue of skin color - only the despair, the gap that separates the poor from the rich. With his understanding and love for the forgotten part of the French nation, Jean-Éric Boulin offers a vivid exploration of the fissure at the heart of today’s France.
Jean-Éric Boulin is twenty-eight and comes from Marseille. Un supplément au roman national is his first novel.