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.