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Highway rest areas as hunting grounds

first set Pierre Castan opens the eyes. The book Pierre Castan was coroner. Now he lives in his car, stayed at sites on the motorway. Because of the mo

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Highway rest areas as hunting grounds

first set
Pierre Castan opens the eyes.

The book
Pierre Castan was coroner. Now he lives in his car, stayed at sites on the motorway. Because of the motorway, his daughter has been kidnapped. That was months ago, the parents have given up hopes a long time ago. While the mother at home is more and more consumed by the madness, addiction, Pierre, no less self-destructive, day-to-day to tracks. Then on a highway rest stop, is kidnapped a girl again. Pierre's hunt receives a boost. But with the police he does not want to share his findings. "Pierre wants to be responsible for themselves. For you. Beat him up, bend, break, flay, and destroy them."

resting places, fast food restaurants, gas stations, Parking lots, Motels, filthy pieces of Grass, bushes, garbage cans along a highway in the South of France on a few hot days in August, the "asphalt jungle" of the German title of the Noir novel of the West Swiss author Joseph Incardona. A "Non -", as it says, "everything is all the time in motion". The original title, "Derrière les panneaux il y a des hommes" (about: Behind the signs are the people), in France as a warning sign inscription at highway construction sites, commonly, would not work in German.

on the Basis of a series of figures Incardona this comfort brings lots of the world of the fleeting and largely anonymous encounters something that goes through just as a way of life. Sex offender Not all of them are in one way or another. only the hunter Pierre. Not only are the kidnappers and murderers. Also, Gérard, the fraudulent head of a number of motorway restaurants. The tauber staff Pascal, "in two years, seven times employee of the month" who lives in a clinically clean VW Bus. The Trans-whore Lola who is in the bushes to your business. Julie Martinez, a captain in the police Department, "with one foot in the disaster, in order to feel alive". The old liar Tía Sonora, has understood that "the truth is nothing other than existence itself": "lie lie elsewhere, you are where people want to be." A collector of found objects from a rest stop. An unscrupulous Reporter. The old Professor on the motorcycle with the young student in the side of the car.

Incardona dissected the soul of the world of his protagonists. In addition to almost cinematically described scenes of long inner monologues. There are long passages in staccato paragraphs, consisting of only one short sentence, a sentence fragment or a word. You might find the way mannered. And sometimes, the Obsession of the author is annoying for the sexuality of his characters. But the bottom line is a quite exceptional Thriller that is poetic and dirty at the same time, remains jet black and unforgiving. A book that tantalizes, but does not let go.


Joseph Incardona was born in 1969 in Lausanne, Switzerland, grew up in Switzerland, France and Italy, as his parents – father Sicilian, mother Swiss – were in the hospitality and seasonal jobs acquisitions. Since 2002, he has published about a dozen books, especially crime novels. His first book, published in German, was, "next Stop: the Brig" (pearl book edition, Zurich, 2017; Original: "Permis C", 2016), it was awarded the 2018 with the Prix du Roman of the French-speaking Swiss. He writes, but also plays, screenplays, and scenarios for Comics, and was Co-Director in a Film. As the most important Inspiration Incardona called the Italian, French and Swiss culture, and the American literature of the 20th century. Century, in particular, the Noir novels. The now German-published novel "the asphalt jungle" (Original: "Derrière les panneaux il y a des hommes", 2015) has been awarded a 2015 in France since 1948, awarded the Grand Prix de littérature policière. Joseph Incardona lives and works today, after stops in Paris and Bordeaux, in Geneva – "as if you would live in a Hotel," as he himself remarks.

Joseph Incardona: "asphalt jungle" (Original: "Derrière les panneaux il y a des hommes", Editions Finitude, Le Bouscat [Bordeaux] 2015). From the French by Lydia Dimitrov. Lenos Verlag, Basel, 2019. 339 P., 29 Fr.

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(editing Tamedia)

Created: 17.04.2019, 15:18 PM

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