David Thomas

Seul entouré de chiens qui mordent

Alone Surrounded by Biting Dogs

March 4, 2021
Novel
272 pages
140 × 205 mm
17 €
9782823616804
978-2-8236-1680-4

collection “French Literature”

David Thomas, Seul entouré de chiens qui mordent
David Thomas, Seul entouré de chiens qui mordent

Alone Surrounded by Biting Dogs offers another way to look at the world. With tenderness. And always with a touch of irony.

The others. The ones we sit next to at the café, whether we cross in the street, at the train station or at the supermarket… without paying attention to them. They are the ordinary people that David Thomas excels at portraying. With their qualities, their flaws, their contradictions, their darkness at times, and their fun too.

These 114 short stories have the particularity of being one, two, three pages maximum. It only takes a few lines for David Thomas to create a character, to make him come alive, to make us believe that we know him, that he could be our father, our sister or our friend. The author of La patience des buffles sous la pluie does not need the great maneuvers of the novel for that. His art of brevity has a long-lasting effect, his vivid and precise writing gives breadth to endearing characters.

The author

David Thomas is the author, among others, of La patience des buffles sous la pluie (2009 Discovery Prize of the Pierre Prince of Monaco Foundation), Un silence de clairière (Orange Book Prize 2011, Louis Barthou de l’Académie française Prize), On ne va pas se raconter d’histoires (Stock, 2014), Le poids du monde est amour (Anne Carrière, 2018) and Un homme à sa fenêtre (Anne Carrière, 2019).

Strong points

Headband by Jean-Paul Dubois: a fan of David Thomas, the winner of the Goncourt 2019 has agreed to support him by writing a laudatory sentence.

An author in the air of time: the era is more and more fond of microfictions, especially on Instagram.

Alone Surrounded by Biting Dogs, he is back in the vein of La patience des buffles, his best seller (20,000 copies sold). Commercially, the success of an author specialized in brevity like Philippe Delerm proves the potential of David Thomas.

Chiseled texts, which leave a strong impression on the reader.

March 4, 2021
Novel
272 pages
140 × 205 mm
17 €
9782823616804
978-2-8236-1680-4

collection “French Literature”