Welcome to a very private hell. A hallucinatory and satirical first novel.
It is a journey of a very particular nature that the author of this book invites us to, which begins like a science fiction novel and ends on the side of William Burroughs (Naked Lunch).
An immobile traveler, Trufrock explores an imaginary universe made of dreams and hallucinations, which would be like the reverse of the real world. We meet a talking car, a club of eccentrics, the ghost of François Villon, a pianist with severed fingers, Pelléas and Mélisande, a mad professor and a veritable gallery of monsters.
Alluding to a famous poem by T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, this story plays with all the registers of literature, from the initiation story to scatology, through allegory, the gothic tale, Shakespeare’s theater, and parody.
Through the obsessions of his hero, Alexis Tchkotoua actually portrays our era. A materialistic age, indifferent to poetry and the sacred, which can only survive by hiding behind the mask of the grotesque.
Virtuoso, erudite, unexpected, Trufrock goes against the grain of a literature subjected to realism.