Marc Agron takes a humorous look at the literary world

Marc Agron oils literary mechanics with humor

Published today at 10:55 a.m.

Why is it that in “The Life of Things”, title of the last novel by Marc Agron, we really want to read… “The things of life”, an emblematic page from Claude Sautet’s cinema on the regret of these little things that disappear too quickly? Because the Lausanne author loves to alter proper nouns to encourage us to further confuse fiction and reality!

But also because in the trajectory of Yann Mendelec, a fallen novelist from the top sellers whose free fall he narrates in an ink as bile as it is caustic, he insists on this rampart of everyday life, even the most banal, which connects the human to his own existence.

This is perhaps not the main theme of “The Life of Things”, also due to the fact that this fourth title of Marc Agron chisels many, including vanity or the very contemporary addiction to appearances. At the same time as he unmasks the world of literary publishing with the detachment of a fine blade of psychological investigation and, at the same time, the worried sensitivity of a being who confronts it.

A double point of view, often cynical, sometimes heartbreaking, which creates little compassion in truth and a lot of disbelief in the face of these limitless characters. And especially not moral when it comes to power, money and ego.

Things are happening

This novel which becomes a thriller as the pages pass, written with the ardor of the writer who carves his characters like a sculptor measuring himself with stone, could have fallen into burlesque, it remains in a triumphant tragicomic. But you have to earn it!

Reader, we enter this “Life of Things” through a sort of airlock as the author walks us around, delighted with words and cultural references. Some sort of tactic? At the same time so far in manner but so close in substance, to that which he attributes to his paper double capable of writing “his first pages like a foot to discourage the idiots”.

Marc Agron, author and bibliophile, in his bookstore-gallery l'Univers in Lausanne.

This “who is who?”, role play, game of appearances, game of literary business remains tense and constant, until the last sentence. And we cannot say that the appearance in the plot of Norga Abraham, a borrowed signature hiding the Agron palindrome, had not warned us…

Marc Agron, “The life of things”, Ed. The Nightlight, 211 p.

Florence Millioud joined the cultural section in 2011 out of a passion for people of culture, after having covered local politics and economics since 1994. An art historian, she collaborates in the writing of exhibition catalogs and monographic works on artists.More informations

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