Enormous thanks to Isabelle over at Gallic Books for gifting me this incredible book!
How can you mend a broken heart? Do you write a letter to the woman who left you – and post it to an imaginary address? Buy a new watch, to reset your life? Or get rid of the jacket you wore every time you argued, because it was in some way … responsible?
Combining the wry musings of a rejected lover with playful drawings in just three colours – red, black and white – bestselling author of The Red Notebook, Antoine Laurain, and renowned street artist Le Sonneur have created a striking addition to the literature of unrequited love.
Sharp, yet warm, whimsical and deeply Parisian, this is a must for all Antoine Laurain fans.
What a clever way to share with us the tribulations of a man’s suffering a heartbreak.
Through words and art, we are the humble recipient of many representations of the colour red; anger, love, passion, life, war, danger… Our grieving man is seeing red in more than just a way.
As he meanders through memories, trying to replay instants of a past that will no longer turn into a future, he is forced to process his loss in a beautifully poetic way.
“I feel that by changing my watch, I will change my concept of time.”
Trying to forget through far fetched ideas, what was once familiar is now alien, what was once an “evidence” is a question.
Does time heal all wounds?
This book is a true beauty, the feelings pouring out of the pages, thanks to witty words and expressive drawings.
One to read and re-read without moderation.
And for my fellow French readers, ce livre s’intitule “Et Mon Cœur Se Serra”
Out now with Gallic Books
—About Antoine Laurain—
Antoine Laurain lives in Paris. His award-winning novels have been translated into fourteen languages and have sold more than 200,000 copies in English. The President’s Hat was a Waterstones Book Club and Indies Introduce Selection, and The Red Notebook was on the Indie Next List.
—About Le Sonneur—
Le Sonneur is a contemporary Parisian artist. His work tells the story of Paris and the people who live there. His artwork is often placed in public spaces with an invitation to passers-by to interact with the work, for example by picking up a key or calling a telephone number.
As well as in Paris, his work has been exhibited in Tokyo, Berlin, Melbourne and Dubai.