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Close and shiver in the province of

first set
so Far, I had been a man without a history.

The book
As the "summer crime" referred to the Berlin wagenbach Verlag, the narrow, in the bright red lines of his "Salto"-series broad Band "Into the Black" by Vincent Almendros. Anyone who thinks this genre, label exuberant holiday mood in the summer heat on a beach in the South of France, is quite wrong. A hot summer is it, but Laurent is not traveling with the rented Nissan to the Côte d'azur, but returns in the desolate province of his Childhood and youth. In a hick town "in the middle of nowhere". It is not mattresses, a summer with a colorful air, but with a dead fly in brown stripe, and with mucous silt on the lake shore instead of the blue sea.

The wedding of a cousin, is the occasion for the journey into the past. But happily no one is there. From the sober, almost film-acting descriptions (the author has dedicated to the novel, by the way – not related – Spanish namesake, Néstor Almendros, the 1992 late great cameraman) of the Icherzählers a discomfort that can initially be difficult to grasp is growing rapidly. He travels with his colleague Claire, which he spends with his family, as his pregnant fiancée, Constance. What happened with this, asks not only the reader, but also her brother.

The first encounter Laurents with his mother after many years, something Sinister. How you skin in the kitchen a rabbit, can be a cringe. It is the beef tongue that you cook for lunch, which makes Claire sick? And she has given Laurent when he was a child, but the bleach really only Accidental to Drink? What is with the rumors that Laurent's father had died of poisoning? Laurent's mother lives with the terminally ill brother of her deceased husband. His wife died in an accident. Laurent's cousin had doubted "never mind that my mother for the accident of their own was responsible". What are the encounters in the remote village this summer? What happens to relationships with the precarious family? The boys, in time, will inevitably as their parents? Subliminally this story to such questions.

Actually, practically anything in the nearly 120 pages of a short novel. However, the potential for uncertainty in this dense and incredibly cleverly constructed story creates a mood, which seems increasingly threatening. Without Action, with a quiet tone, with accurate observations and precise descriptions Almendros creates tension. So is the horror of the initial discomfort soon anxiety and finally. A booklet for hand Luggage. Not only for trips to France.


Vincent Almendros, born in 1978 in Avignon, studied at the University of Avignon literature. After that, he began to write poetry and prose. His first novel, "Ma chère Lise," he sent to assess the multiple award-winning Belgian writer-Director Jean-Philippe Toussaint ("The bathroom"), whose books also appear in German. The recommended the book of the young French colleagues, the publishing house Les Editions de Minuit, where it was released in 2011. 2015, followed by "Un été"; the novel was awarded the Prix Françoise Sagan and also translated into German ("A summer", Wagenbach, Berlin 2017). The nearly hundred-page novel Almendros had distilled from a 300 page manuscript out. The extremely compressed novel, "Into the Black", which is now in German, appeared in the Original in 2018 under the title "Faire mouche". Vincent Almendros lives as a teacher and writer in Paris.

Vincent Almendros: "Into the Black" (Original: "Faire mouche", Le Editions de Minuit, Paris 2018). From the French by Till Bardoux. Bach, Berlin 2019 Car. 120 p., CA. 24 Fr.

All of the other meetings you will find in the Collection "crime of the week".

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 16.05.2019, 19:13 PM

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