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All About Zero (Tout sur le zéro)

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Original Language: French | 288 pp. | September 2017

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FICTION

“You know very well that we never win, the casino never gives us the money, it lends it to us until we give it back, and we always give the money back, today’s gains will be swallowed tomorrow. It is pure mathematics.”

– A realistic novel that will captivate game’s addicts and game’s amateurs
– A social phenomenom, rarely described from an embedded point of view.

It is the story of Paul, an aging painter consumed by his passion for gambling, of Blaise his friend who raises his children alone and of their old friendship renewed around the roulette. It is the story of Éloïse, an idle woman bored to death except in the casinos, of Charlène who leaves her work everyday at noon to bet a few euros on her favourite numbers. It is their strong or precarious stories that gather around the electronic roulette and meet other stories, the ones of Grégoire, the homeless man, Martine and Jacques, Christophe and Véronique, Syran and Acelya, everyone fascinated by the white ball. Theses are stories that cross, combine, break up, these are stories of man’s suffering, that is thought for a short moment to be dispersed by the gambling fever, a challenge, thrown at the face of destiny and a way, if we pay attention, to explore ourselves better…

A whole life gambling, and every chapter, a unique sentence, a breath, an emergency, the adrenaline rush of life.

 

Born in 1955 in Vendée, Pierre Bordage is the greatest French fiction writer. His work is considerable in every literary genre and he writes for readers of any age. He won all the greatest prizes of science-fiction, but also the Prix Paul Féval of popular literature and the Prix du Polar du Livre de Poche.