Tristan Saule

Mathilde Says Nothing

Chroniques of the Place Carrée – I

Mathilde ne dit rien

Chroniques de la place carrée – I
January 21, 2021
Noir fiction
328 pages
140 × 205 mm
20 €
9782896985494
978-2-8969-8549-4

Collection “Parallèle”

Tristan Saule, Mathilde Says Nothing
Tristan Saule, Mathilde Says Nothing

A breathless social thriller, an atypical heroine, events that will be played out in seven days, like a relentless countdown.

This first book lays the foundations for a long series. We discover some inhabitants of the Place Carrée, Mathilde of course, but also little Idriss, his uncle Lounès, or the mysterious Salim, who seems to run the affairs of the neighborhood with an iron hand. We will become familiar with the places that will be the setting of this social fresco, developed year after year, and with the gallery of characters that we will see variously evolving. A secondary character in one novel will become the hero of the next, and vice versa.

Mathilde Says Nothing takes place in 2019, while the traffic circles are occupied by the Yellow vests movement, the next book will take place in 2020, the pandemic year, and so on. Yet these events are of little importance to the inhabitants of the Place Carrée, too busy surviving, aware that they are nobody’s priority, not even the police.

With the codes of the noir novel and the thriller (suspenseful plot, violence, hard-hitting dialogues), we will discover the complex, touching destinies of characters more real than life, conceived from documentary fieldwork, in associative circles, in the corridors of the courthouse, in different socio-professional environments.

The ambition of these novels is to describe the evolution of a working-class neighborhood over several years, in a France shaken by frenetic current events. Who are the people we meet on the bus? What are their stories? What do they expect from life? These “Chronicles of the Place Carrée” aim to provide authentic, necessarily contradictory answers to these questions.

The author

Tristan Saule was born in 1978. He lives in the east of France.

Strong points

A portrait of a woman caught in a relentless spiral.

A nuanced social depiction of a France today, economically and racially divided.

Narrative mechanics increase the pressure to a crescendo.

The inaugural novel of an ambitious series that is destined to become a regular fixture.

January 21, 2021
Noir fiction
328 pages
140 × 205 mm
20 €
9782896985494
978-2-8969-8549-4

Collection “Parallèle”