A precise modern tale, reminiscent of Marie Darrieussecq’s Truismes, which unfailingly dissects neoliberal violence.
Diane’s body is trying to adapt slowly. She sleeps less, becomes stronger and develops impressive stamina. The model employee that she was can surpass herself even more at work. But the unexpected effects of the surgery she has just undergone are causing her to panic. The space in her head tightens, she feels metal instead of bone. Everything is more vivid—her vision, her sense of smell, her breathing. To top it all off, her hair turns completely red in the space of one night.
And then the males begin to follow her.
Fifteen years earlier, Diane has had a summer that marks her adolescence at Isle-aux-Grues, those days of heavy seas when Eugene braved the dangers, his friend’s fascination with endangered species and—how to recover—the night of the fire.
This novel, a neo-liberal animal fable, is for those who have gone astray.