The Bachelor Flat

Original title: La Garçonnière

Publication Date:

October 2020



Original language and publisher

French | La Peuplade

Territories Handled

Netherlands, North America, Scandinavia


Literary Fiction

The Bachelor Flat

Original title: La Garçonnière


Something of a mystery remains in this rich, dense narrative that eventually gets you right there. Forbidden love remains altogether unexplained, inexplicable. And tragic. The more we read, the more the author’s writing matures, the more instants of grace come flooding in. Until the final scene, which borders on the sublime. Here’s one author we are sure to follow. — Danielle Laurin, Le Devoir

I read La Garçonnière in a sort of crazed fervour. The characters in this story captured me. A magnificent achievement. You can’t help but wish to reread this puzzle of a novel, to plunge back into its pages to savour every aspect of it. Mylène Bouchard strikes hard and true. — Yvon Paré, Le Quotidien

A new augmented edition of a rich, dense and somehow mysterious story, which ends up gripping you by the gut. Love is always defined by its impossibility, it is constantly on balance, unexplained, inexplicable.

A suspended circus of forbidden loves, La Garçonnière revolves around an unconventional atmospheric and intellectual relationship between a woman and a man, Mara and Hubert. They are the best of friends, symbolic brother and sister, lovers, sweethearts, doubles of themselves, and excessive. Forbidden love carries an extraordinary load of tenderness, and at the same time an almost tragic fatality. To think that we should need more than one life—and more than one certainty—to comprehend this… From Beirut to Prague, from Noranda to Péribonka: there are rails, wild territories, ice rinks, letters, much traveling. Bodies like continents. Imaginary trains and a bachelor’s flat.