Jean-Michel Mestres

La copiste

The copyist

November 3, 2022
Novel
224 pages
120 × 200 mm
17,90 €
9782358879286
978-2-3588-7928-6
																Jean-Michel Mestres, La copiste
																Jean-Michel Mestres, La copiste

There are books that travel from reader to reader, and libraries that are inherited, which conceal their share of mystery. In a box of old books that came from his great-uncle, who was a bookseller, a man discovers a notebook. It has a thick cardboard cover, reinforced with a dark cloth, and no title. Inside, written in a woman’s hand, there is a copy of Paul Claudel’s Partage de midi, dated 1942 and signed with the initials M.S. By that date, the play had not yet been published, with only a few copies circulating among the author’s friends and family; Partage de midi was, so to speak, a forbidden work.

This is the beginning of a quest for the enigmatic M.S. that obsesses the protagonist. A first autobiographical novel born from the discovery of a very real notebook, La Copiste takes us on an intimate and imaginary journey through the twentieth century’s political, literary and artistic history.

L’auteur

Born in 1956, a Parisian of Catalan origin, a lover of noir novels, cinema, photography and rugby, Jean-Michel Mestres was a journalist, specializing in urban and regional planning. Today he devotes himself to writing. La copiste is his first novel.

November 3, 2022
Novel
224 pages
120 × 200 mm
17,90 €
9782358879286
978-2-3588-7928-6