By Hubert Lucot
Commencée dans l. a. nostalgie, l'année 2006-2007 assène deux coups durs au narrateur. L'un était imprévisible : son épouse et héroïne A.M. subit un bad twist of fate. L'autre était calculé : les Français élisent un président qui appliquera un ultralibéralisme meurtrier. Dans les deux cas, le narrateur peint les faits plus qu'il ne les examine. Les coulées de peinture le mènent à saisir un substrat qu'on dira «l'être et le temps».
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Valet wheelchair parking in the rec room,” Ike says. “We don’t know that for sure,” Marta says. Nicolas goes on. ” Wanda does nothing to conﬁrm or deny the fact. Guy studies two tables at the very back, each occupied by two women. ” “The two on the right had husbands in Vietnam. Frances’s husband went MIA and Georgia’s died years later of Agent Orange syndrome or something Georgia blames on the war. They both think the rest of us are villains and cowards. ” Wanda speaks. She’s been so silent till then that Guy is surprised she can make sounds.
Blinks. Switches from his outdoor to indoor glasses, looking like a boy caught in an old man’s body, trying to decide whether to enter a swimming pool or not. Jesus the waiter catches Henry’s attention and drops a plate off at his usual seat at the early Haight table. Henry nods his thanks. He cuts between Sausalito and North Beach, where people are already eating. Men nod hellos; women don’t. Henry picks up a carton of whole milk and a cup of coffee, then wanders to his place at the table. He sits between two women, both calling themselves Sunshine.
This is Glenda and she’s getting married. I can name all ﬁfty states and their capitals. ” Alexandra didn’t react. It was the nonreaction of a trained professional. Her lack of reaction was the reaction. “I can name every book in the Bible, including the thirteen from the Apocrypha. ” He stood straighter and said, “Judith, Esdras, First and Second Maccabees—” “That will be enough,” Alexandra said. ” Alexandra crossed to an old-fashioned Rolodex on Glenda’s desk and spun it three-quarters of a turn.
Allègement by Hubert Lucot