Mathilde has only recently developed insomnia. Then she lost her sense of touch. Then there were other signs: leaflets found when her grandfather died, a video of Leonard Cohen in Jerusalem, the return of war to Europe.
Mathilde is disorientated. She has become something of an enigma to herself, like the times in which she lives. Is this why she suddenly decides to fly to Israel? It’s as if the answers to her questions had always been waiting for her there.
From Tel Aviv to Capernaum, then Jerusalem, her encounters with strangers—and a few ghosts—only deepen the mystery.
Until, in the blink of an eye, the truth dawns on her.
Taking history in its stride, Qui-vive is also the journey of a woman seeking to reconcile her inner landscape with the world around her.
With this multi-faceted book, Valérie Zenatti brilliantly confirms her talent as a novelist.