Puta madre by Patrick Besson

By Patrick Besson

En l’espace de quatre jours, fuyant los angeles femme avec qui il s’est pacsé, Maximilien, qui a le malheur de se prénommer comme d’infortuné Habsbourg proclamé empereur du Mexique par Napoléon III et qui se healthy fusiller par les autochtones en 1864, se réfugie à Cancun.

Le trop-plein de margaritas et stimulants locaux pallie le jet-lag et le manque de sommeil que lui valent quatre kinfolk sexuelles plus ou moins torrides avec quatre partenaires différentes, un viol par le parrain de l’endroit, enfin son implication involontaire dans le double meurtre de son ex-compagne et d’un fameux metteur en scène hollywoodien.

Avec son sens de l’efficacité narrative, ses dialogues justes, l’art consommé de confectionner un piège dans lequel le lecteur se trouve inextricablement pris avec les personnages, Patrick Besson les immerge dans le seul exotisme qui vaille ici : celui de los angeles mort en maraude le lengthy des plages à l. a. blancheur de coke et parmi certaines des plus belles femmes du monde.

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You filthy beggar, get out of here, don't touch me, if you lay a finger on me I'll cane you to death . . and he'd go back to the window with the broken panes, stark . naked. The old women and the nuns didn't dare cross the court with the orange trees anymore. We decided that the best thing was to board up the shutters of his cell. But he always managed to break them down. Until one night, as Don Clemente slept, I walled up his window with bricks and cement, the first window I walled up in the Casa.

It was witch­ craft, black magic, and that's why the peasants were being crushed under the weight of endless misfortunes. Over the bone­ dry plains, where the animals swollen with thirst were dying off, the head of the landowner's daughter, flapping huge sinewy ears that were like bat wings, would fly after the yellow bitch dog­ it was warty and scrawny like the girl's nursemaid-that guided the chonch6n to a place indicated by the rays of their accom­ plice, the moon, on the other side of the hills.

I'm the seventh old woman. I'll take it upon myself to watch over the Azcoitia about to be born. Iris's - 50 vomit, which I washed from the kitchen tiles, anointed me. I keep it wrapped in a floor rag, with my books and my manu­ scripts, under the bed, where all old women keep their things. THE FIRST TffiNG I had to do was win them over. If I didn't find a way to dazzle them, I'd be accepted by them in name only, even though I'd groveled for them. I let a few days go by while I laid my plans, letting them go on barely talking to me and watching me on the sly.

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