- You are direct, he says.
- What's the point of being indirect ?
- I remember, he says, when I was a student at Oxford, I was invited to tea by a very famous eccentric Russian professor. There must have been six or seven people there, besides the professor and his wife. We sat around a large circular table and he said: If this was an English tea party we would talk about the weather. But it is not an English tea party. It is a Russian tea party. So I suggest our topic for conversation today. I suggest we talk about the Devil.
- Why are you telling me this? she asks.
- I don't know, he says. I thought it might amuse you. It came to my mind when you asked what the point of being indirect was.
Gabriel Josipovici, Only Joking - a feel-good thriller.
They sat quietly for a minute. Martin Beck was hungry.
He thought about his wife and her chatter about regular meals. He hadn't eaten for twenty-four hours.
Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö, Roseanna
Voilà ce qu'est l'écriture. La feuille de papier devant soi et la plume dans la main
semblent permettre l'émergence de ces (...)
Gabriel Josipovici, Goldberg : Variations, traduit de l'anglais par Bernard Hoepffner, à paraître le 4 septembre, chez Quidam Editeur.