Thus Spoke Jules
Original title: Ainsi parlait Jules
Sophie Daull is one of my favorite writers, I don’t miss any of her novels. – Valerie Perrin
Two accurate and sometimes humorous voices shape this relentless self-portrait. By the winner of the European Union Prize for Literature.
A woman recalls various episodes in her life and her words are immediately contradicted by Jules’ voice with increasing exasperation.
Impostures, petty arrangements, compromises, duplicities, paradoxes, this vigilante of moral integrity mercilessly unmasks all her little failings. Faced with this brutal torrent, the accused unfolds long pages of her childhood and adolescence.
Thus Spoke Jules offers us a grimacing mirror that shows the cracks in our comfort zones. At the turn of each page, the Jules that lives in each of us awakens.
The beauty of language and attention to the composition that won Sophie Daull the European Union Literary Award shines through in the back-andforth that shapes this short, dense, funny, and often disturbing novel.