03: A Novel by Jean-Christophe Valtat

By Jean-Christophe Valtat

“From the bus cease around the road, it used to be challenging to inform, yet without notice I understood, seeing the passengers within the van that picked her up each morning, that she was once a bit retarded.”

A precocious teen in a French suburb unearths himself powerfully, troublingly attracted to the woman he sees on a daily basis that allows you to university. As he watches and thinks approximately her, his daydreams—full of lyrics from pleasure department and the Smiths, fairy stories, Flowers for Algernon, sexual hope and worry, loneliness, rage for get away, impatience to develop up—reveal a complete formative years. And this fleeting erotic obsession, remembered years later, blossoms right into a meditation on what it ability to be a wise child, what it capability to be dumb, and what it capability to be in love with someone else.

03 is a ebook approximately younger love like none you've ever learn. It marks the English-language debut of a distinct French writer—one of the nice stylists of his generation.

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Nunca a mais suave das eutanásias poderá vir a ser tão fácil e tão doce. O mais interessante da nova situação criada é que ajustiça do país em que não se morre se encontra desprovida de fundamentos para actuar judicialmente contra os enterradores, supondo que o quisesse de facto, e não só por se encontrar condicionada pelo acordo de cavalheiros que o governo teve de armar com a máphia. Não os pode acusar de homicídio porque, tecnicamente falando, homicídio não há em realidade, e porque o censurável acto, classifique-o melhor quem disso for capaz, se comete em países estrangeiros, nem tão-pouco os pode incriminar por haver enterrado mortos, uma vez que o destino deles é esse mesmo, e já é para agradecer que alguém tenha decidido encarregar-se de um trabalho a todos os títulos penoso, tanto do ponto de vista físico como do ponto de vista anímico.

Em geral a tia solteira não fala de uma maneira tão preciosa, tão rebuscada, mas se o fez agora foi para não rebentar em lágrimas, que assim sucederia se tivesse pronunciado o nome do menino que não tinha feito mal nenhum ao mundo e as palavras meu irmão. Respondeu-lhe o pai dos outros três meninos, Dizemos o que se passou e esperamos as conseqUências, pela certa seremos acusados de fazer enterros clandestinos, fora do cemitério e sem conhecimento das autoridades, e ainda por cima noutro país, Oxalá não comecem nenhuma guerra por causa disto, disse a tia.

A mãe do menino deixou cair a enxada e a pá e, suavemente, deitou o filho no chão. Depois, as duas irmãs, com mil cautelas para que não resvalasse, receberam o corpO do pai e, sem esperarem a ajuda do homem que já descia da mula, foram colocá-lo ao lado do neto. A mãe do menino soluçava, repetia monotonamente, Meu filho, meu pai, e a irmã veio e abraçou-se a ela, chorando também e dizendo, Foi melhor assim, foi melhor assim, avida destes infelizes já não eravida. Ajoelharam-se ambas no chão a prantear os mortos que tinham vindo a enganar a morte.

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