”Vivre fatigue” by Jean-Claude Izzo

Camus dit qu’il faut essayer de vivre à mi-distance entre la misère et le soleil.

Camus said that we should live half way between misery and the sun.

Ce collection des nouvelles est très deprimant.

Au bout du quai: Gérard plongea. Il ne savait pas nager: Il n’avait jamais su.

At the end of the harbour Gerard, a former docker, dived in the cold black waters. He couldn’t swim. He never knew how.


Vivre Fatigue

A collection of short stories set in the darker side of Marseille, dreams of love, casual racism, the weariness of unemployment, and early violent death.

Perhaps the most depressing of the stories is “Faux printemps” (False Spring), a Turkish immigrant to Marseille, remembering his own children in Anatolia, talks with a mother of two young boys in a park. Later the young woman’s husband comes to the park and mistakes Osman’s friendliness towards his sons as the sign of a paedophile and with some others beats up Osman.

It is an interesting coincidence that both the books I’ve read in French this year are set in major French ports (Le Havre in “Quai de l’oubli ” and Marseille here in “Vivre Fatigue”), whose glamorous pasts have long since gone.

My rating 3 out of 5


About jimholroyd365

Hi, my name is Jim, I am an Englishman living in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. I started this blog to share my interests, my photos and to make sense of my world. I take a lot of photographs of various subjects, some of which I intend to share here. I collect diecast cars and get the same thrill at 50 as I did when I was 8, when I find a car I'm searching for, Don't worry, I have a separate blog for this hobby. Please feel free to comment and ask questions on what I blog. I am quite new to this blogging, I was inspired by reading a book, which began as a blog of a London Ambulance Driver: "Blood, Sweat and Tea". I hope my blog will be entertaining and amusing, I did try stand up comedy in the UK and had seven gigs before I left to teach English in Georgia. I love reading and so the blog will include book reviews of books as I finish them.I don't know about which direction this blog will go, I am a great believer in serendipity...let the journey begin...
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