Le dernier des Romains by Michel Chaillou

By Michel Chaillou

De retour de l. a. guerre d'Algérie, un jeune professeur de lettres est affecté dans le vénérable lycée de Montauvert. Ici, nulle embuscade à craindre : les cours, les collègues, los angeles rivière qui s'empresse, tout paraît paisible dans cette province du centre de l. a. France qui tamise les bruits du monde. Aussi notre Samuel Canoby retrouve-t-il peu à peu sérénité et allégresse. N'était-il pas jusque là assez âne pour s'imaginer que des balles toutes mortelles pouvaient l'atteindre depuis l'Algérie ? C'est que justement, au cours de son carrier militaire dans ce can pay antagonistic, il a marché dans Madaure, los angeles cité romaine où naquit, en one hundred twenty five après Jésus-Christ, Apulée, le célèbre auteur latin de L'Ane d'or, ce récit fabuleux où un jeune homme de son âge changé en âne doit, pour retrouver son enveloppe humaine, croquer des roses. Or Samuel n'en croque-t-il pas, déclinant en bon latiniste et Romain de coeur l. a. fleur de ses successives compagnes ? Espère-t-il en aimant ainsi à tous vents quitter ses angoisses enfantines et finir par acquérir une stature d'adulte responsable ?
Et tout ceci nous revient par l. a. bouche illusoire d'un vieil homme qui conte les frasques de sa jeunesse, alors que ses qualities se désunissent au miroir de ses heures.

Écrivain, romancier, Michel Chaillou est l'auteur de plus de vingt-cinq ouvrages. l. a. rêverie est le discours de sa méthode; l'invention du type, sa préoccupation majeure, sa manière d'interroger, de feuilleter les instants. Michel Chaillou a reçu en 2007 le Grand prix de littérature de l'Académie française pour l'ensemble de son oeuvre.

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La única Marilyn que vi en el cine es Marilyn Brando. Gran actriz. Me mató con su actuación en La Madrina, que para mí es la mejor película de Francesca Ford Coppola. La situación comenzaba a inquietarme. El hasta ese momento insospechado (para mí) delirio de Diana había construido una cinematografía con los sexos invertidos. Aunque no del todo coherente, ya que a Gregory Peck y Jerry Lewis los había dejado intactos. –¿La... Madrina? –Sí. Basada en la novela de María Puzo. –Sí. Ya veo –dije, y luego de mirarla fijamente a los ojos esperando alguna clase de desmentido (una palabra, una sonrisa, o lo que fuese), añadí: –lo que no sé es si me estás tomando el pelo o si estás más loca que mi hermana.

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Qué pasa? –pregunté a Diana–. ¿Siempre atienden en casal, acá? –Parece que sí –dijo ella–. Yo nunca había venido acá, pero sé de varios bares donde es así. –Nunca vi. Pero por lo menos podía haberte atendido el mozo a vos y la moza a mí –dije, bromeando. –Así es en los bares porno –contestó Diana. La mujer loba ataca de nuevo | 33 –¿Bares porno? ¿Y vos qué sabés de eso? –Sólo de oídas –se apresuró a decir ella–. No te sulfures. –¿Se puede saber qué te dio por andar ventilando nuestras intimidades con mi hermana?

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