The man in a white coat is looking closely at the low-res images on a screen, that is neither huge nor flat. In today’s world of smartphones and tablets, our man of science is tapping away on ... [+]
He walked along under a harsh sun that crushed him with its powerful fist. From time to time, a strong burning gust made him stagger. Far off, little clouds followed each other in close single ... [+]
Since September, every 07.23 has been the same. First, the dull sound of an engine, then the headlights piercing the dark. The bus slows, then stops. The doors open in front of ... [+]
A sharp, piercing sound reached his ears. It was a continuous beep, a stabbing sound that took up all the space in his brain.
There was a flash of white light.
“Good morning,” said a ... [+]
Old Shanghai was dying, it was losing between three and six streets a day. The modern city was strangling and stifling it among its skyscrapers. Soon, in a few years at the very most, it would ... [+]
I don’t want to boast, but I’ve just pulled off a real masterstroke. At the age of seventy-five, I have become the unrivalled outrageous old lady of Moussy-lès-Limas. I live in this peaceful ... [+]
Eight o’clock. The alarm clock rings. Dishevelled and already very irritated, I look daggers at it. It keeps ringing. It’s provoking me, it turns up the volume. I go mad! I smash it right in ... [+]
I have few certainties in my life. For example, knowing where I come from, where I’m going, how Nutella is made, if Marc Levy is really a writer or an impostor… Really, I know none of those ... [+]
In response to your previous missives pointing out (and with what style!) my inability to feed my family, and giving way to powerful poetic impulses, I am tempted to ... [+]
Like I do every morning, after a quick shower and a long coffee, I have settled down at my computer. This is the control station from where I can manage everything, staying nice and warm without ... [+]
It’s not complicated, it always happens in exactly the same way. We’re in a restaurant with a few good friends. As usual, we’ve had the fillet of duck breast in chestnut honey with new ... [+]
“I’m telling you, he’s not snoring anymore!”
“But Jacqueline, that doesn’t mean he’s dead!”
Around Mr Albert’s bed, Jacqueline had gathered her friends, all fellow ... [+]
John opens the fridge and takes out a beer as bitter as the day he is having. He should never have signed that contract. “Ding!” Although he already knows what is in it, he opens the SMS he ... [+]
I can see myself going into my shower, quite happily, whistling. I can also remember that irresistible urge to smoke. The one that comes upon you anywhere, at any time. And you have to obey ... [+]
It was a deserted spot; she had chosen this time deliberately to get some peace. With her eyes closed, she let herself be rocked by the waves breaking on the beach, in ceaseless motion. The sun ... [+]
It was not so difficult to slip in behind the postman into the hall of the grand old Parisian building. Could I get into the inner courtyard? It was child’s play, as the kid from the third floor... [+]
Yesterday morning, I woke up with someone else’s head on. It was not painful but very surprising. I stood in front of the mirror and looked at this new face. I had a guy’s mug, a rather ... [+]
— Doctor, I’ve brought you My Dog.
— I don’t understand. It’s a cat.
— Yes, it’s a cat.
— I don’t like cats.
—Is that why you’re here?
— No,... [+]
07.57. I can see the lights from the street through the closed louver shutters. Outside it is freezing cold this morning. In the cosy, dark and silent bedroom, Émilie is sleeping by my side, ... [+]