Pierre Lemaitre, author: “My only advantage is that I am old” | Culture | EUROtoday

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Pierre Lemaitre is a good supporter of age. Listening to him communicate as we have fun our birthdays is an excellent higher balm than his books. The French writer who received the Goncourt has simply printed in Spain Silence and anger (Salamandra), second installment of his household saga set in post-war France, a extremely entertaining plot with which he expands an viewers that he already conquered with See you up there. He was born in Paris 72 years in the past and defends them as the good driving power of his creation.

Ask. You have been a psychologist, instructor and author. What has every job introduced you?

R. I believe nothing. What has introduced me to my work is age, the multitude of experiences. We don't write the identical first novel at 25 as we did at 56, and I printed my first novel at 56. You don't try this with out benefiting from all of the background that characterize 40 years {of professional} and social life. My solely benefit is that I’m outdated. Getting older doesn't have many issues, however there may be one, which is capitalizing in your expertise.

P. Black or historic novel? Advantages and drawbacks?

R. I like the detective style however not the historic one, as a result of on this the story is extra essential than the novel. I’m not a historian, I’m a novelist. I depend on historical past, after all, however I place my work within the journey style. I strive to make sure that the documentation isn’t above my characters and that the story doesn’t substitute their feelings. I exploit all of the instruments of the police style: suspense, twists, shock, false clues… however to jot down novels that aren’t police. That is to say: I’ve modified my literary register, however I do it with the identical instruments that I used for the police.

P. Even the serial.

R. The serial is probably the most trendy factor that exists. All tv sequence are constructed on their narrative system: an episode with a twist ending that makes you need to watch the second and so forth. The sequence have borrowed that narrative system, however it’s we, the novelists, who invented it. We lend it voluntarily, sure, however it doesn’t imply that we give it up.

P. He has deliberate to complete this second trilogy set within the postwar interval and even a 3rd till reaching the current. When will you write about right this moment?

R. According to my calculations, when I’m 93 years outdated. My sequence of ten novels will finish in 1989, once I can be 78 or 79 years outdated. I believe I’ll deal with the present interval when it’s a centenary.

P. That's optimism! Why have you ever chosen to depend a whole century?

R. It's my century. I used to be born in 1951, in the course of this century and I’m connected to it. I’m a person of the twentieth century and a author of the twenty first. And as such, I attempt to depend the reference century for many of my life. And there may be another excuse. When I understood how the twentieth century labored, I believed that we may lower it into three intervals that every lasted 30 years: the interwars; a second half, after World War II, which I name “the glorious years,” which I’m engaged on; and from 1973 to 1989, when the wall fell. It's as if the century had instructed me: look, I've made the construction for you, now you simply need to comply.

P. This time he has chosen the subject of abortion. Because?

R. I wished to level to male domination and abortion is considered one of its worst figures. Men have wished to train energy over girls primarily based on their our bodies and motherhood.

P. How was abortion documented within the Nineteen Fifties?

R. It has been tough as a result of there was little or no materials. Abortion is a form of blind spot in historical past. I’ve labored with two historians who have been specialists in it and I’ve squeezed probably the most out of them.

P. Do you take pleasure in documenting?

R. Not in any respect! I do it out of respect for my readers and the reality, nearly for ethical causes, however that’s not the core of my work. The core of my work is telling tales.

P. And the best pleasure? Is it pure writing?

R. Yes. And additionally the programming, making the plan, the narrative technique, enthusiastic about what will occur and what I can do.

P. Their characters deal with one another badly.

R. Hitchcock mentioned that the more severe the dangerous man, the higher the film. In a novel you want robust antagonists.

Pierre Lemaitre poses at the French Institute in Barcelona, ​​on February 26.
Pierre Lemaitre poses on the French Institute in Barcelona, ​​on February 26.Kike Rincon

P. His e book additionally addresses the start of consumerism. What is the most important change in society presently?

R. At that point they didn’t understand that they have been manufacturing local weather change, which is able to certainly be the tip of us. They believed that they needed to eat a number of oil and plastic, they lived in euphoria and financial enthusiasm as if the world have been a youngster and there was no tomorrow. Now we’re in that tomorrow.

P. It additionally collects worry. To communism, to labor rights.

R. Yes, it was a scary time. The domination of capitalism has at all times generated worry: of declassification, of poverty, of ecological disaster, of hierarchies, of unemployment and the worst. Capitalism is a weapon that has managed to play with all fears. And the twentieth century is that of the domination of capitalism. The ecological disaster is a disaster of capitalism, there isn’t any different wrongdoer. It is what has made us consider that it was okay to eat a lot, as if it have been synonymous with well-being. Yesterday I arrived in Barcelona yesterday and my spouse warned me that there was a scarcity of water. It is the primary time in 72 years that I arrive at a spot they usually ask me to watch out, it’s unbelievable information for me. Capitalism makes us assume that crucial factor on the earth is to take the airplane to get to Barcelona, ​​nothing extra. One day we received't have the ability to take that airplane. It can be prohibited apart from distinctive causes. Or they are going to inform us: you not have credit score to make use of extra water. It's over, there isn’t any extra. Only when we’ve got our nostril to the wall will we do one thing.

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