Patrick Autréaux

L’instant du toujours

Vu par Alice Gauthier

November 3, 2022
Novel
14 €
9782490356355
978-2-4903-5635-5
Illustrations by Alice Gauthier
																Patrick Autréaux, L’instant du toujours
																Patrick Autréaux, L’instant du toujours

Would "the moment of forever" be that moment of greatest intensity, of eternity or of collapse? Could it be the lie that we desire with all our heart and at the same time the illusion tearing apart? An intoxicating denudation or the hole opened in us by melancholy in love? Inspired by a re-reading of Simone Weil’s short essay, L’amour de Dieu et le malheur, four texts are arranged around what appears to be an enigma.
The fictional monologue of a woman who has survived a toxic love affair is echoed by three autobiographical fragments in which Patrick Autréaux examines passion in the light of the experience of unhappiness that sometimes comes with the end of a love relationship.
As the story unfolds, Alice Gauthier’s images are particular moments, questions rather than answers. Light and subtle suggestions. Graceful, they never settle, remaining there, suspended in the air.

L’auteur

Patrick Autréaux was born in 1968. He practiced emergency psychiatry until 2006. Author of a dozen books and numerous articles on art and literature, he lives between Paris and Cambridge, USA. In residence at Boston University in 2018 and 2019, he created his literature seminar: “Through a writer’s eye”.

Extracts

"I married his hands, his mouth, his voice and his wills to strangle what I loved, then I threw them away like soiled gloves. The most painful thing is to insult the love that remains in you for someone you no longer love. What makes one unhappy is to hate love.
So much so that it abandons us forever."

Bibliography

In the Valley of Tears (OE) (2009), Soigner (2010), Le dedans des choses (2012), Se survivre (2013), Les irréguliers (2014), Le grand vivant (2016), Thérèse of Lisieux (2017), La voie écrite (2017), In the Valley of Tears (2017), Quand la parole attend la nuit (2019), Pussyboy (2021), La Sainte de la famille (2022)

November 3, 2022
Novel
14 €
9782490356355
978-2-4903-5635-5
Illustrations by Alice Gauthier