« Daimler s’en va », de Frédéric Berthet, enfin réédité

Frédéric Berthet, en 1988.

Daimler s’en va, de Frédéric Berthet, La Petite Vermillon, 128 p., 6,10 €.

Il me semblait que dans Correspondances (1973-2003), publié en 2011 aux éditions de La Table ronde, figurait une lettre dans laquelle Frédéric Berthet évoquait, avec cet humour féroce et gracieux qui n’est pas le moindre de ses charmes, les maigres ventes de son deuxième livre, Daimler s’en va (Gallimard, 1988). Un court roman, 108 pages, aujourd’hui réédité par La Table ronde, merveille de nonchalance et de drôlerie désespérée mettant en scène un détective privé raté et sentimental. Une merveille qui, pour d’obscures raisons ayant trait à l’injustice divine, s’était peu vendue et ce en dépit de critiques enamourées et d’un prix ­Roger-Nimier décroché en 1989.


DIY Tips

Want to add a personal touch to your home? Then get creative to add style that’s one of a kind to your home. Patchwork, knitting and crochet can all be used to add chic soft furnishings and accessories to your home, from cushions to throws and more. If you are new to crafting there’s lots of advice available online including helpful craft tutorials. Also take a make do and mend approach to upcycling existing pieces in your home with paint, decoupage or fabric.


 

Fulgurance du style


Off-peak

“If you elect to have off-peak (heures creuses) electricity, then EDF will provide you with wiring controlled by their equipment to switch your off-peak system on and off. The EDF off-peak equipment is usually a relay located beside their meter and fusegear. This relay is meant for the control circuit functions of your contactor (contacteur) or off-peak relay (jour/nuit) only. It must not be used to directly control equipment. The EDF relay is timed to operate in the usual manner at the predetermined off-peak times”

Excerpt From: Thomas Malcolm. “Electricity in your French house.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/electricity-in-your-french-house/id413215097?mt=11


 

Mais quel était ce chiffre de vente ? Bon sang, impossible de m’en souvenir. A l’aube, échevelée, marchant de long en large en pyjama et parlant à voix haute, ainsi que pourrait le faire Daimler lui-même, s’invectivant couvert de mousse à raser dans sa salle de bains, je feuilletai fiévreusement Correspondances, à la recherche de cette satanée lettre – et ce qui devait arriver arriva. Je me mis à tout relire, émerveillée par la fulgurance du style ­Berthet, sa drôlerie étincelante, son dandysme fatigué, mais surtout son angoisse concernant à peu près tout : l’existence, les femmes (« au fond la vie conjugale réserve bien des mystères – dont on se demande si certains sont nécessaires »), la mort, l’ennui et, plus que tout, l’écriture.

Dans une missive (jamais envoyée) à Christian Bourgois, au sujet de ce qui deviendra son premier recueil de nouvelles, Simple journée d’été, publié en 1986 chez Denoël : « Cher Christian, votre avis de lecteur ? Et d’éditeur ?? (ne perdez jamais de vue que les ­ “héros” ont entre dix-neuf et vingt-quatre ans – ce qui les excuse, eux, peut-être, mais, je vous…

https://www.lemonde.fr/livres/article/2018/06/13/daimler-s-en-va-de-frederic-berthet-enfin-reedite_5314399_3260.html to see original story and photos


DIY Tips

Want to add a personal touch to your home? Then get creative to add style that’s one of a kind to your home. Patchwork, knitting and crochet can all be used to add chic soft furnishings and accessories to your home, from cushions to throws and more. If you are new to crafting there’s lots of advice available online including helpful craft tutorials. Also take a make do and mend approach to upcycling existing pieces in your home with paint, decoupage or fabric.


 

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Electrical Tip

“Although at first glance lighting, sockets and off-peak heating in France may all appear familiar, closer investigation will reveal that the installation methods are different to those employed in the UK”

Excerpt From: Thomas Malcolm. “Electricity in your French house.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/electricity-in-your-french-house/id413215097?mt=11


 

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