How is the night?

Original title: Comment va la nuit

Author: Carayon, Christian

Publication Date:

March 2023

Pages:

320

Original language and publisher

French | Hervé Chopin Éditions

Territories Handled

Worldwide excl. French

Genre

Commercial Fiction

How is the night?

Original title: Comment va la nuit

Author: Carayon, Christian

Synopsis

Nowadays in the French Alps.

Anthony Malo is a lonely man in his fifties. When he first arrived in this little village in the French Alps a few years ago, he had nothing except what was inside his Combi Volkswagen. Old LP records, some books, clothes and an embroidered bed cover that he seemed to care very much about.

No relatives, no friends. Unexpectedly a woman gave him the chance to settle in the valley: she helped him to find a job by hiring him to help her with her restaurant, to find a house near a farm, to be appreciated for what he really was. Asking for nothing in return.

When the book begins, Anthony Malo is literally dying. He is living his last hours, alone, near the fireplace, his fingers following the embroideries of the old bed cover on his knees. With all the strength he can gather, he stands up, opens the door, carefully folds the cover and put it on the snow before collapsing in the cold…

Why does Anthony have so many scars on his body? Why does he have no known relatives nor friends? Why did he choose such a lonely place in the mountains to live? Why does he keep whispering a woman’s name as life is leaving his body? What is the story of this bed linen, gift from a long time ago?

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